UPDATE: At a press conference on February 11th, Damon Feldman announced that he is no longer involved in the George Zimmerman fight. British billionaire Alki David says that he is moving forward with the March 15th match. For a complete report from the press conference, go here.
Embattled Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman has formed a partnership with controversial British billionaire Alki David — who once offered to pay someone $1 million to streak in front of President Obama — to bring the George Zimmerman boxing match to the world. According to David, who now lives in Beverly Hills, the fight will be livestreamed on FilmOn.com and broadcast live on a British cable channel.
David says that the end-user price for the stream has not yet been fixed and that he expects there to be a variety of viewing options. "There will be an interactive option where viewers will be able to enter comments live and interact with other viewers," he says, adding that a free option may also be available.
Feldman (left) and David previously partnered on a fight night that included a match between Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher's husband. And in 2010, David offered $1 million to anyone who would streak in front of President Obama. A 24-year-old New York man took David up on that challenge during a rally in Philadelphia.
Not surprisingly, David shrugs at the controversy over the match. "I'm a controversial person," he says. "Everything I've ever done is controversial," echoes Feldman, who insists that the fight will go forward by any means necessary.
Meanwhile, the opposition to the George Zimmerman boxing match continues to grow, with more than 300,000 "likes" on the "Cancel George Zimmerman's 'Celebrity' Boxing Match" Facebook page. But with a partner like David — a man who has unlimited amounts of money and who doesn't seem to care if people hate him — it seems like the fight will be hard to stop.
Feldman promises to announce all details surrounding the match at a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 12th, at 2 p.m. But he's not announcing the location of the press conference until the last minute. "I don't want a picket or anything like that," says Feldman. Yeah, good luck with that.