News: DMX Reportedly Drops Celebrity Boxing Match, Sources Say
Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 10:01PM
New reports suggest rapper DMX has withdrawn himself from an upcoming celebrity boxing match next month against fighter Eric Martinez.
Unnamed sources have shared mixed reasons to why X allegedly decided to not participate in the fight.
One source said DMX pulled out of the fight because his safety could not be guaranteed, while another claimed that the rapper backed out because Thunder Promotions refused his request to "fix" the fight. Sources stated that Thunder Promotions may pursue legal action against DMX. In the meantime another, a variety of popular rappers have been contacted to stand up to Eric Martinez during the fight and that a replacement for DMX could be announced as early as next week. (All Hip Hop)
X previously spoke on his anticipation to fight at the event during a radio interview last month.
"We got a phone call asking if I wanted to participate in it," X said about how the opportunity presented itself. "I'm just gonna walk in as it is man, you know what I mean? It wouldn't be fair if I trained. I think it's three two-minute rounds...[My opponent] is shorter than me and I think he weighs a little more than me. I'm 175, six feet. I got a little build on me, you know what I'm saying? I've seen him, yeah I've seen him. He's a nice guy -- when I agreed to it, I didn't know it was gonna be him...I'm going to pick one of my own songs [to walk out with.] 'What's My Name.' I'm in the studio everyday banging joints out -- I got the pens and the paper. [New album] hopefully first quarter." (106.7 The Fan)
Reports landed online in September which had X headlined for the fight.
Thunder Promotions recently announced that Alabama Pride: Butterbean vs. Tank Abbott is set to take place on December 12 at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama. Headlining the event is a heavyweight match-up between Butterbean and Tank Abbott. Thunder Promotions also announced is a celebrity fight between co-headliners rapper DMX and musician Eric Martinez. (MMA Waves)
X was set to face-off against undefeated fighter Martinez.
The rapper will make his MMA debut at Alabama Pride from the fine people who brought congenital amputee, Kyle Bradley's, first MMA fight. DMX will fight Eric Martinez (1-0). The event is scheduled for December 12th in Birmingham, Alabama. (The Rumble)
No further details have been announced as of now.
Check out DMX speaking on the forthcoming event below: