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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Feldman cancels Zimmerman fight

The proposed celebrity boxing match involving controversial George Zimmerman has been knocked out, Delco promoter Damon Feldman confirmed late Saturday night.

I am going to cancel the fight,” the Broomall said, in a text message. “Just too much controversy.”

Zimmerman is notorious for having shot teenager Trayvon Martin while on a Florida patrol as a town watchman. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder in 2012, but remains a villain in the eyes of many. Feldman was to have matched him in a three-round fight against hip hop performer DMX, who was quoted as saying he would break every rule in boxing in order to punish Zimmerman for shooting Martin.

Earlier Saturday, Feldman insisted he was still considering promoting the event, which would have been held in Los Angeles. But after deeper consideration, he relented.

The fight — which was to be a sports-entertainment blend — was heavily criticized nationally.

Feldman also canceled a press conference he had scheduled for Delaware County Tuesday.

Had the fight occurred, it would have been in Los Angeles, and available on an internet broadcast, Feldman said.


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