MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will step into the boxing ring and back into the spotlight.

Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder charges in the fatal shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, will step into the boxing ring to fight rapper DMX, according to CNN.

The matchup was announced Wednesday, on what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday.

Zimmerman said the celebrity boxing match was his idea because boxing was his hobby.

Zimmerman recentlys aid he wanted to fight Kayne West because he beats up “defenseless people,” a promoter for the match told TMZ. But now that’s not the case.

DMX told TMZ he wanted to fight Zimmerman and that he’d like to urinate on Zimmerman’s face in the name of “every black person who has been done wrong in the system.”

The three-round, pay-per-view fight “will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matching of all time,” said a news release from the promoter, Damon Feldman.

Still no word yet on when and where the boxing match will take place.

The Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman was accused of racially profiling Martin and said he shot the teen to protect himself.


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