Yesterday, David Alki wanted Zimmerman to fight a high profile opponent in a fight-club style match. He said that he would donate all profit to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
Tonight, TMZ reports that Alki has changed his mind and cancelled the match. His reason? The Trayvon Martin Foundation said it “stands boldly against any act of violence” and would reject David’s donations.
David has said that 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.”
Orlando Sentinel and other news sources report that another promoter has come forth to place George Zimmerman in the ring. Billionaire David Alki owns streaming service FilmOn.com. He told TMZ.com that he is working on obtaining the rights to a Zimmerman fight, promising that it will be “bloodier and more fierce than the other event would have been.”
Former promoter Damon Feldman is said to be selling the rights to the Zimmerman fight to Alki. Feldman purportedly received threats via Twitter, one saying, “Somebody should kill Damon Feldman’s son and ask him would he put his son’s killer in a celebrity boxing match.”
Alki has said that the opponent will not be DMX.
The Greek immigrant with a net worth of about $1.7 billion is trying to make the appeal to money in Trayvon’s name, saying that all proceeds will go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation. It is highly reasonable to believe that Trayvon Martin’s parents don’t want the killer of their son giving money to the Foundation. Those wanting to donate to the Foundation have and can donate without Zimmerman’s involvement. That in fact, David Alki can make a donation without seeking to gain profits that also pay the participants.