George Zimmerman Will Participate in a Celebrity Boxing Match

The man who killed Trayvon Martin said he will box in an event where he will donate money to charity.

Posted: 01/31/2014 11:21 AM EST

The man acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin will be participating in a celebrity boxing match in March. George Zimmerman says he just needs an opponent to join him for the match, a portion of whose proceeds are to be donated to charity.

Speaking to Radar Online, Zimmerman said he is looking forward to the event, which is being organized by former professional boxer 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 said.

Last July, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder charges in the death of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin, in what became a case that was watched internationally. Zimmerman did not disclose what charity he will select.

“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,” Zimmerman said. “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.”

Zimmerman has had several interactions with law enforcement officials in the months since his acquittal. They include an altercation with his current girlfriend in November. He was charged with felony aggravated assault, domestic violence battery and criminal mischief in that incident.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

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