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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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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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yogamews February 03 2014 at 10:06 AM

"Wonderful !".....another spectacle of violence that the media can hype to the limits in order to fascilitate an orgy of corporate sponsorship, aimed at the fringes of human sanity in this country.....

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brenadwms February 02 2014 at 9:21 PM

If someone comes along and empty the gun into your body what are your changes are maybe a truck or car hit you. Dont wish that on anyone that can be you tomorrow .

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jlcurry1953 February 02 2014 at 9:21 PM

I'm not a racist, but I feel like zimmerman got away with cold blooded murder. Maybe someone will beat the crap out of him in the ring and I will feel a little bit better. I hate to see anybody get away with what he got away with and seemingly with the law on his side. That is just my opinion and I don't have all the facts.

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baggersrnutz February 03 2014 at 10:06 AM

Zimmy prolly gonna have a multitude of caucasionally challenged volunteers, he'll prolly end up with another bloodied head.

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baggersrnutz February 03 2014 at 10:08 AM

Put im in the ring with Laila Ali !

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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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Ghetto Cat February 02 2014 at 9:13 PM

A double amputee might even the odds for Z.

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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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gladiator0719 February 03 2014 at 11:47 AM

Another misleading article title......."Looking for a fight" Should have said now he boxes......yellow media at work again......

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