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George Zimmerman seeks opponent for celebrity boxing match



(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)

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pjarizona February 03 2014 at 10:41 AM

What? He has boxed before but couldn't manage to get the kid off of him without shooting him?

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fchapp February 03 2014 at 11:04 AM

He gets his butt whipped by a 17 yr old kid... and now he wants to box a full grown man???? Good luck with that....

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Ghetto Cat February 02 2014 at 9:13 PM

A double amputee might even the odds for Z.

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Stephen February 02 2014 at 10:08 PM

Can a person be more of an idiot?

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Dennis Stephen February 02 2014 at 10:10 PM

No

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sun1045 February 03 2014 at 11:08 AM

Enough of Zimmerman already.............

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fernandezarthr February 03 2014 at 10:13 AM

........throw him in a pit with Mike Tyson..........that would be the beating of the century!.........

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Ray Sutton February 03 2014 at 11:15 AM

Can we just not hear anymore about this IDIOT!!. Enough is enough, now make him disapear into oblivion, PLEASE.

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esepanik February 03 2014 at 10:09 AM

Zimmerman vs OJ Simpson.

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mhphammes esepanik February 03 2014 at 10:16 AM

OJ would just try and hire someone to fight for him.

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moonfloat mhphammes February 03 2014 at 10:34 AM

LMAO

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tricomm02 mhphammes February 03 2014 at 11:06 AM

with one glove i'm sure

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guyinps2012 February 02 2014 at 10:12 PM

I say we put Beiber in there against Zimmerman.

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kacalder guyinps2012 February 03 2014 at 12:50 AM

Good. And charge 'em admission at ringside seat rate for their own big event, and for the venue, the floodlights, the media coverage, the whole wad. And for the bejeweled 24k 30-lb. Tiffany dunce cap that will crown the survivor (if any).

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Alexis Elizabeth kacalder February 03 2014 at 1:24 AM

Yeah make sure someone call "Fox News" for sure, we wouldn't want them to miss the fight of the millenium!!

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Peter and Joan February 03 2014 at 11:18 AM

Another bit of important news... This morning my poop was pleasantly firm!!

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Hello Dear!! Peter and Joan February 03 2014 at 11:24 AM

Crude BUT funny. He needs to be in prison==then he could do lots o' fighting!

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