George Zimmerman will be jumping into the boxing ring in a couple months -- and he’s still searching for an opponent.
The 30-year-old, who was acquitted in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last July, will be participating in a celebrity boxing match in March 2014. Speaking to Radar Online, Zimmerman says he is still looking for an opponent to join him in the ring and that the match was his idea. Former professional boxer Damon Feldmen is organizing the event.
“Prior to the incident I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss and a mutual friend put me in contact with Damon and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out,” Zimmerman told Radar Online.
Zimmerman didn’t reveal to Radar if he was being paid or not for the match. But he did confirm that some of the proceeds will go to a still-unnamed charity.
“I’d love to tell you [the charity] but unfortunately there’s so much animosity still from people out there, that if I name the charity now they would get bombarded with negativity, so I’d rather not,” Zimmerman said. “I’ll leave it up to them to say if they want it to be publicized or not. But I will tell you that it’s an animal rescue.”
Zimmerman has had several run-ins with the law in the past year, including his arrest following an altercation with his current girlfriend in November. He was charged with felony aggravated assault, domestic violence battery and criminal mischief in that incident.
If you’re interested in challenging Zimmerman in the ring, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feldman says the match is scheduled for March 1, 2014, and can be viewed exclusively online and on Pay Per View.
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...