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article imageGeorge Zimmerman agrees to celebrity boxing match

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 31, 2014 in Entertainment
George Zimmerman — the former self proclaimed neighborhood watchman acquitted of murdering unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin — has signed up to take part in a celebrity boxing match.
Damon Feldman, the boxing promoter organizing the bout with Zimmerman, has confirmed that the fight will take place on March 1, ABC News reported.
According to TMZ, which first reported the news Thursday evening, Zimmerman plans to donate any earnings to charity.
The celebrity boxing match, which still needs an opponent, will air online and on Pay-Per-View.
Since the announcement, the reaction on social media has been mixed. While there are some that would gladly pay to see Zimmerman in the ring, others question whether he should be considered a celebrity at all.
"Explain to me how murdering an innocent teenager qualifies you as a 'celebrity.' Oh yeah ... Murka," one person tweeted.
"I think it's disgusting that the word 'Celebrity' and George Zimmerman are being used in the same sentence!" another person tweeted. "He killed a boy!"
Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in July 2013 of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman said he shot the unarmed 17-year-old on February 26, 2012 to defend himself after he spotted Martin walking home from a convenience store in the rain inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando and thought he looked suspicious.
It took 44 days after the shooting for police to arrest Zimmerman, sparking protests and accusations about race and the justice system. Since his acquittal, federal authorities have been reviewing the case to see if Martin's civil rights were violated.
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