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This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
The New York-born rapper was selected out of more than 15,000 applicants, according to promoter Damon Feldman, who put out a call for challengers late last month. Another who accepted was The Game, although Zimmerman’s camp chose against it, perhaps because of the rapper’s 6’5″, 240-pound build.
DMX says he will be fighting for “every black person who has been done wrong in the system.” His goal, according to TMZ, is to “beat the living f— out him. I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f— him right up,” DMX says.
In order to address potential threats to Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted last year in the murder of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, the fight will take place at an undisclosed location with only 100 people present. Paying viewers will be able to watch the match online.
DMX last released a studio album in 2012, Undisputed, which debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200.
Zimmerman will reportedly donate the earnings to charity.
The announcement was made on Feb. 4, just one day before what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday.
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