George Zimmerman to fight in celebrity boxing match
Fight to take place March 1
8:32 AM, Jan 31, 2014
12:29 PM, Jan 31, 2014
George Zimmerman has agreed to participate in a celebrity boxing match, ABC Action News in Tampa has confirmed with the fight promoter.
According to TMZ, which reported the news Thursday evening, an opponent has not been selected for the March 1 bout and Zimmerman plans to donate any earnings to charity.
Damon Feldman, a celebrity boxing promoter, is organizing the fight.
Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the black teenager, who was unarmed, touched off a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old to defend himself during a fight in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.
He wasn't charged until 44 days after the shooting, leading to protests nationwide from people who believed he should have been immediately arrested. The case sparked accusations that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin, and demonstrations broke out again after his acquittal. Federal authorities are now reviewing the case the see if Martin's civil rights were violated.