George Zimmerman seeks opponent for celebrity boxing match
George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, faces his defense counsel Jeff Dowdy in court Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
The NY Daily News and the NY Post report on the arrest of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida
George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, answers question in court Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. Looking on are his defense counsel Daniel Megaro, left, and Jeff Dowdy. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20: Protesters take part in a "Justice for Trayvon" vigil outside Los Angeles Federal Courthouse July 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, United States. The vigil, along with others held nationwide, was organized by the National Action Network and called for federal charges to be filed against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
In this photo provided by State Attorney's Office in Florida, George Zimmerman is seen with his wounds on February 27, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman alleges that he obtained the wounds during a confrontation with Treyvon Martin. Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Martin. This photo, reports, calls to police, video and numerous other documents were released by prosecutors to the media on May 17, 2012. (Photo by Florida State Attorney's Office via Getty Images)
George Zimmerman talks to his attorney, Mark O'Mara during court proceedings in Sanford, Florida, Monday, June 24, 2013. Zimmerman is accused in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 photo released by the Spartanburg (S.C.) County Detention Center, Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons poses for a photo. A spokeswoman for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport says airport police arrested 42-year-old entertainer, DMX, just after 5 p.m. Monday. Jail records show Simmons was booked on charges of driving under suspension, having an uninsured vehicle and not having a licensed vehicle. (AP Photo/Spartanburg (S.C.) County Detention Center)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2009 photo, DMX arrives at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
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(Reuters) - George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder last year in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, plans to take up celebrity boxing and is on the lookout for an opponent, the website Radar Online reported.
Zimmerman, 30, linked to the Radar Online report in a post on his Twitter account with the words, "Here we go."
Promoter Damon Feldman is behind the celebrity boxing match, set to take place on March 1, according to Radar Online.
"Boxing isn't new to me," Zimmerman told Radar Online in an article posted on the celebrity news outlet's website last week.
Zimmerman began boxing long before the February 2012 incident with 17-year-old Martin that drew national attention, he told Radar Online. The case polarized the nation around issues of racial justice, self defense and gun control.
Zimmerman's plans to enter the ring come after he successfully capitalized on his celebrity in December by auctioning a flag painting on eBay, selling the artwork for just over $100,000.
Some of the proceeds from the event would go to an animal rescue charity, Zimmerman told Radar Online, but he declined to name the organization. He also suggested he might not box again after the event.
"Obviously if I get my butt kicked around, then no!" he told the website.
Prosecutors accused Zimmerman of profiling, following and shooting Martin, a guest in a gated neighborhood in the town of Sanford, Florida, as Martin was returning from a trip to a convenience store to buy Skittles and iced tea. Zimmerman claimed self defense.
Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch captain at the time of the shooting, in July 2013 was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin's death.
The trial put the spotlight on Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows someone in fear of his or her life to shoot.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with law enforcement officials. He has twice been stopped for speeding, once in Texas and in Florida.
In September, Zimmerman was questioned by police after his estranged wife called authorities saying he threatened her with a gun. He was not charged in the incident, which occurred a week after she filed for divorce.
Zimmerman was arrested in November on domestic violence charges that were dropped last week after his girlfriend withdrew her complaint.
(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Grebler)