Boxing promoter Damon Feldman has canceled the boxing match between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX amidst growing controversy and backlash from the Black community.
The “celebrity” boxing promoter tweeted his decision early Saturday afternoon:
I want to thank everyone for the good n bad comments I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w George Zimmermann more to life then money
— Damon Feldman (@hollywoodbox11) February 8, 2014
It was my decision to cancel the george zimmerman fight it was worth a lot of money to me but people’s feelings meant more to me — Damon Feldman (@hollywoodbox11) February 8, 2014
I walked away from av million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest I’d rather be happy and make people happy thank you — Damon Feldman (@hollywoodbox11) February 8, 2014
I wasn’t being disrespected to anyone I had a plan here with this fight I’ll let you know soon hope everyone is happy I’m very sorry — Damon Feldman (@hollywoodbox11) February 8, 2014
As previously reported by NewsOne, Feldman canceled the press conference that was scheduled for Friday, but assured observers that the fight would go on and a press conference would happen prior to the fight.
Common sense and decency prevailed.
So far, a Change.org petition urging Feldman to stop the fight has amassed 97,000 signatures.