George Zimmerman will step into the boxing ring on March 1 for a celebrity sparring match benefiting charity, he confirmed to a celebrity gossip site.
“It was my idea,” Zimmerman, 30, told Radar Online. The fight is being organized by celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman.
“Prior to the incident I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss and a mutual friend put me in contact with Damon and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out,” Zimmerman told Radar Online.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder last year after he fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin during a neighborhood altercation in 2012, would not say whether he was also being paid or the exact charity that will benefit from the match.
“I’d love to tell you (the charity) but unfortunately there’s so much animosity still from people out there, that if I name the charity now they would get bombarded with negativity, so I’d rather not,” he said, according to Radar. “I’ll leave it up to them to say if they want it to be publicized or not. But I will tell you that it’s an animal rescue.”
The match is set to air on Pay Per View on March 1, but no opponent has been selected yet.
[sharequote align=”center”]“I don’t have a preference (on opponent) as long as it goes to charity, doesn’t matter to me.”[/sharequote]
“I don’t have a preference (on opponent) as long as it goes to charity, doesn’t matter to me,” Zimmerman told Radar Online. “Hopefully someone that won’t hurt me too bad!”
According to Zimmerman, however, he has ample experience in the ring.
“Boxing isn’t new to me. It’s something I had picked up well before the incident and it’s something that I liked, I enjoyed, and I kept up with it and I was able to lose a tremendous amount of weight and get a healthy lifestyle,” he said. “So it’s not a new hobby, it’s something I have been doing and wanting to pursue to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
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