Zimmerman fight back on, minus local boxing promoter Damon Feldman

Posted: February 13, 2014

THE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN boxing match that captured the attention of the nation is back on, according to local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman.

But Feldman will no longer be part of it, he said at a news conference yesterday. Rapper DMX, who was set to fight Zimmerman, seems like he's no longer involved, either.

Instead, European media mogul and soda-bottling heir Alkiviades "Alki" David will broadcast the fight from an undisclosed location. David was scheduled to broadcast the fight even before Feldman backed out. The duo worked together before, once offering Chris Brown $10 million to take on Drake in the ring.

"[David] is a real wild guy. We just hit it off. He can benefit off this, I can't," Feldman said. "It doesn't matter to him. He's all about TV ratings, while I'm about the next fight."

Feldman said he backed out for moral reasons, admitting that he knew little about the incident in which Zimmerman fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin.

"When I learned everything, it was so bad. I only heard the verdict," Feldman told me. "It was better to move on."

Feldman was grateful for his supporters, including Floyd Mayweather Sr., who was slated to referee the fight, and WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi.

David told TMZ that the fight will no longer be a celeb boxing match, but something more brutal. "This is going to be like 'Fight Club' . . . a very bloody event," David told TMZ. Yeesh.

Feldman, on the other hand, will focus on his next venture: wroxing, a mix of wrestling and boxing. The first event will take place April 12 between Extreme Championship Wrestling's Sandman and boxer Tim Weatherspoon, as well as a ladies' match between Raven from Lou Turk's in Essington and Princess Sammy from Scores.

Garces on Volver

"Iron Chef" Jose Garces and the good folks at the Kimmel Center introduced reporters yesterday to Volver, Garces' new spot in the Center City home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The 112-seat joint will feature Garces' take on some of the most evocative meals he's ever had, including his version of "the Colonel's fried chicken."

Although the space wasn't complete yet, there's one truly stunning aspect already there: a piece by Philly artist Conrad Booker called "Quiet Rain," made out of 200 yards of swirling blue burlap and 4,000 fiberglass buttons.

Aoki at Revel

Need V-Day plans? Renowned DJ Steve Aoki will be at HQ Nightclub at Revel spinning it up all night Friday. It's his debut at the A.C. spot. If you stick around for Saturday, you'll get a glimpse of Connor Cruise, the son of some guy named Tom, who will take to the decks.

Comcast axes three

The Comcast Network has canceled three shows - "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle," " Larry Kane: Voice of Reason" and " Art Fennell Reports."

A rep from Comcast said the shows were canceled to make way for the additional sports programming that the Comcast Network will carry, such as Phillies, Flyers, Union and college basketball games.

The shows will not get a send-off. Each was finished off last week, although Kane was scheduled to interview Gov. Corbett tomorrow for the program. That may not happen if Philly gets the forecasted 6 to 8 inches of snow.

Kane, for one, understood the change, saying he will continue to cover politics for KYW Newsradio and work as an adviser for NBC Sports. "The only regret is that I'm working with an incredible producer named Kevin Donahue," Kane said. "I want to make sure his experience is gobbled up in broadcasting and hopefully that he can stay with NBC Comcast."

I reached out to reps for Doyle and Fennell and did not hear back.


* All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who found a second career as an entrepreneur after playing with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots, stopped by the opening party for the new Philly location of Burger Fi (44 N. 12th St.). Haynesworth owns a Burger Fi restaurant in Tennessee.

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