Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman said in a news release that he picked rapper DMX out of a pool of 15,000 e-mailed requests to participate. "The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time," the release read, as quoted by CNN.
Zimmerman previously said the match was his idea, and that he had been training since "prior to the incident." He was acquitted in 2012 in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.
DMX was pretty fired up for the bout. He told TMZ he was prepared to break every rule in boxing "to make sure I f**k him right up."
The time and date of the match will be announced next week, according to CNN.
This post has been updated.