George Zimmerman will not be bare-knuckle brawling ... TMZ has learned the celebrity boxing match has been canceled again after Trayvon Martin's family refused to accept any money from the fight's promoter.
As we reported ... FilmOn.com CEO Alki David wanted Zimmerman to fight multiple high profile opponents in a fight-club style match ... and said he would donate all profits to the foundation created by Trayvon Martin's family.
But late today the foundation told TMZ it would NOT take any money from the fight, saying it "stands boldly against any act of violence" and would reject David's donations.
When we called David for comment he decided to pull the plug altogether, saying ... "I respect the wishes of the family and in light of this we are canceling the event."
The original bout -- planned with DMX -- was axed when the first promoter got 2nd thoughts ... and death threats.
Fight Back On ... But Without DMX
Claims New Promoter
2/10/2014 10:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman's celebrity boxing match -- abruptly cancelled when the promoter pulled the plug yesterday -- is back on again ... promising to be a much bloodier event ... according to a promoter who claims to have taken over the fight.
An online streaming service called FilmOn.com says it secured the rights to a Zimmerman fight ... after the original promoter, Damon Feldman pulled out because of threats made against his kids.
FilmOn says it's gonna give the public what it wants -- blood -- and tells us DMX is out as the challenger because "much bigger names than DMX" want in.
The owner of FilmOn, Alki David, tells TMZ ... the fight will no longer be a celebrity boxing match... "this is going to be like Fight Club ... a very bloody event." Alki says the fight will happen March 15 from a secret location ... and all profits will go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
But TMZ has learned the resurrected fight is not yet a done deal -- we're told FilmOn is still negotiating with Feldman for the rights and nothing has been signed.
Feldman withdrew from the fight yesterday after he said he was bombarded with threats. One Tweet said, "Somebody should kill Damon Feldman's son and ask him would he put his son's killer in a celebrity boxing match."
Feldman says he'll reveal all tomorrow at a news conference.
George Zimmerman Shouldn't Be Boxing ...
Someone Should Shoot That Ni**a!
2/10/2014 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sticky Fingaz won't be satisfied seeing George Zimmerman knocked out in a boxing ring -- instead the Onyx rapper wants to see him SHOT ... and wasn't afraid to say it on camera.
Sticky laid down a major rant this weekend when we asked about the Zimmerman boxing match being canceled, telling us ... "Everybody gonna be mad at me for saying this, but I don't give two s**ts. Somebody should f**king clap that ni**a!"
Ironically, his rant came just hours after Trayvon Martin's own family held a rally for peace to mark what would have been his 19th birthday.
Sticky is not in a forgiving place, adding ... "Zimmerman is not a f**king celebrity. He's a f**king savage animal that killed a young black teen."
He had a lot more to say about Zimmerman boxing, and who he'd like to see in the ring with him.
George Zimmerman Fight
Promoter Gets Cold Feet
2/8/2014 1:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman will not be going toe-to-toe with DMX in a celebrity boxing event ... and the promoter says it's because his conscience finally kicked in.
The promoter for the event took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to officially cancel the event ... and said he finally realized there's "more to life then money."
The promoter adds, "Just looked at my son and daughter today wow I'm so lucky those people must be in so much pain ... all you people are right."
Unclear exactly what he meant by "those people" ... but probably a poor choice of words.
Yes, I Eat Aborted Duck Fetuses
... It's a Filipino Thing
2/7/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rocky drank raw eggs for protein ... but Manny Pacquiáo takes things a step further ... 'cause TMZ sports has learned, the eggs he likes to eat are filled with UNBORN BABY DUCKLINGS.
It's true ... the boiled duck fetuses -- called Balut -- are all the rage in the champ's native Philippines. The little duckies are cooked ALIVE right before they hatch ... and are eaten out of the shell.
Pac-man was at a press conference for his upcoming Timothy Bradley fight in NYC today ... when we asked him if the popular Filipino snack tastes as nasty as it looks.
Check out the clip ... Manny's face tells the whole story.
Cam'ron Wants to Box Me?
I'D DESTROY HIS ASS!!
2/5/2014 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins says hip hop star Cam'ron must be CRAZY for calling him out in a rap song -- telling TMZ Sports, he'd run a CLINIC all over Cam'ron's face.
Cam'ron -- the guy behind the hits "Oh Boy," "Hey Ma" and "Horse & Carriage" -- put out a new song called "Humphrey" ... in which he says he wants to fight B-Hop and would "f**k him up."
So, when we ran into The Executioner in D.C. yesterday, we had to ask if he thought Cam'ron could take him in a fight.
Ya gotta watch the clip -- B-Hop makes it clear, if the two ever stepped into a ring, Cam'ron would be more humiliated than En'ron.
Here's Cam'ron's original diss track -- **WARNING -- EXPLICIT LANGUAGE**
Yes, I Agreed to Fight George Zimmerman
But I Wanna Talk Money First
2/5/2014 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hold off on placing your wagers ... money has become a big snag in George Zimmerman's boxing match against DMX -- the rapper's rep tells TMZ, contract negotiations are STILL ongoing ... so the fight isn't official ... yet.
The rep Domenick Nati tells us, DMX verbally agreed to "beat Zimmerman's ass" ... IF and when he sees the terms of a contract ... which hasn't happened yet. Once an agreement has been finalized, we're told DMX will officially be down for the bout.
As we reported last night, the boxing promoter behind the fight released a statement, announcing DMX would face George Zimmerman in a 3-round match.
Zimmerman plans to donate any money he makes to charity ... but our guess ... DMX won't be so generous.
Boxing Match Set!!!
HE WILL FIGHT DMX
2/4/2014 8:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's official ... X gonna give it to George Zimmerman -- TMZ has learned, rapper DMX has just been named Zimmerman's opponent in his upcoming celebrity boxing match.
Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman tells us, DMX was selected out of 15,000 applicants ... all of whom wanted a piece of Zimmerman in the ring after he issued the open challenge to fight anyone willing to take him.
But no one wanted to beat Zimmerman's ass more than DMX.
As we first reported, DMX promised to massacre Zimmerman in the ring if he got the chance. To be exact, he said, "I am going to beat the living f**k out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up." He then said he'd literally piss on George's face.
The boxing match will be 3 rounds.
The date, time, and location of the fight will be announced at a news conference next Wednesday.
George Foreman's Son
ARRESTED for Allegedly Attacking Wife
2/4/2014 10:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Foreman's 23-year-old son -- George Edward Foreman the 5th -- was arrested in Texas this weekend after cops say he assaulted his wife.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, officials say George the 5th choked Ashley McVea-Figueroa during an altercation on February 2.
The documents say George attacked Ashley by "impeding the normal breathing and circulation of the blood ... by applying pressure to [her] throat and [her] neck."
We're told Ashley was the person who called 911 ... and during the call, George threatened to leave the house with their child.
George was eventually arrested and booked for felony assault. Court docs show Foreman was released on $10,000 bond.
G5 is one of Foreman's 12 children -- his five sons are all legally named "George" ... but they all go by various nicknames.
George the 5th goes by "Red."
Boxing Champ Kelly Pavlik
After Collapsing at Court Hearing
1/31/2014 1:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former middleweight boxing champ Kelly Pavlik was rushed to a hospital today after PASSING OUT in the middle of a court hearing in Ohio ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Courtroom sources tell us ... Pavlik was in court to face charges in a theft case (stemming from an incident where he allegedly stiffed a cab driver) ... when he suddenly collapsed.
We're told 31-year-old Pavlick was loaded up onto a stretcher and taken to an ambulance ... which transported him to a nearby hospital.
Sources say Pavlick was awake and alert inside the ambulance.
Officials have not released any information about what caused Pavlick to collapse ... but it's known he suffers from seizures -- which played a large role in his retirement from boxing.
As for the theft case -- which is all over an allegedly unpaid $25 cab fare -- the hearing will likely be postponed to a later date.
Challenges Zimmerman to Boxing Match
1/31/2014 10:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Game just came on TMZ Live and formally accepted the challenge to fight George Zimmerman in the ring ... but the promoter hedged, saying although Game is a front-runner, there are more than 4,700 others who want a piece of Zimmerman.
The Game scoffed at promoter Damon Feldman, who said Zimmerman would be a tough opponent because he's been heavy into boxing training. Game -- who's 6'5" and 240 lbs -- predicts a quick knockout.
Damon says Zimmerman has agreed to fight DMX ... and he says he'll make a decision in a few days for the March 1 fight.
'NFL Today' Host James Brown
George Zimmerman Would Run From These Fists
1/31/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"NFL Today" host James Brown says George Zimmerman would never agree to fight him ... insinuating Zimmerman would be too scared.
We got James last night in NYC ... and asked him if he'd be willing to fight GZ ... who's offered to take on any opponent -- black or otherwise -- in a celebrity boxing match.
Listen to James ... he sounds pretty confident.
Agrees to Celeb Boxing Match
I'll Fight Anyone ... Even Black People
1/30/2014 6:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Now's your chance to kick George Zimmerman's ass with zero legal repercussions -- he just agreed to a celebrity boxing match ... and he says he'll fight ANYONE ... even black people.
Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman threw down the challenge, offering George money to step in the ring. Now here's the kicker ... the opponent has NOT been selected.
We're told George is open to fighting a black person, but the promoter is not discriminating, telling us "We're not looking at it as a race thing ... We haven't discussed purple, yellow, white, black."
Lately George has been more interested in boxing than guns ... regularly training in the ring.
As for George's cut from the fight, we're told he's donating the money to charity.
If you'd like to throw your hat in the ring for the March 1 match, email firstname.lastname@example.org.