Great news out of the celebrity boxing front: John Bolaris is stepping back into the ring! Eighteen years after stepping into the ring for a celebrity match against Q102′s Diego Ramos, Bolaris is planning to lace up the gloves again.
The fight, if it happens, will be promoted by Damon Feldman. The former boxer — he had a 9-0 record as a middleweight in fights held mostly at the Blue Horizon — made his mark in celebrity boxing with that first Bolaris-Ramos fight. Ramos won that in a split decision, because it’s boxing and even celebrity matches have to be controversial.
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Well this is decidedly less-gross news than that whole DMX / George Zimmerman fiasco. New Jersey’s infamous Tan Mom will put up her burnt-orange dukes in one of Damon Feldman’s Celebrity Boxing matches.
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As human beings, there are some things we should just know in 2014: The earth is round. Fire is hot. Ryan Gosling is sexy. This also applies to major news stories, particularly ones that remain the spotlight for months and months.
I mention this because earlier this week local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman, who recently came under fire for booking George Zimmerman, revealed that he was not aware of Zimmerman’s controversial past. He said, “When I learned everything, it was so bad. I only heard the verdict.”
This is bafflingly stupid. You would have to be living on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears to have missed even the most basic facts about the Trayvon Martin murder, which permeated news coverage for months.
Alas, Feldman—though astonishingly dimwitted—is not the dumbest person to have ever made headlines. Here, 10 people who are dumber than Damon Feldman, including three local contenders.
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Following the passing of film icon Shirley Temple on Monday, a common refrain in the pieces that commemorated her life and work was that she she didn’t make an embarrassment of herself once the bright lights of the Fox studio lot no longer cared to capture her image.
It is noteworthy that someone of Temple’s stature could fade into a polished second act so seamlessly. Especially someone as iconic and profitable as she. She was Lindsay Lohan… Mary-Kate and Ashley… Miley… Britney… all rolled into one and beyond, peaking somewhere around her 16th birthday. She left celebrity behind. She served others. She lived her life. A rare feat in today’s Coming Attractions celebrity atmosphere. We should all be so fortunate.
Already, too much has been said about this “celebrity boxing match” between child killer George Zimmerman and nostalgically beloved, albeit deeply troubled rapper DMX.
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After announcing and then canceling and then waffling on his decision to cancel the March 15th George Zimmerman vs. DMX boxing match, fight promoter Damon Feldman held a press conference on Tuesday at the Marple Sports Arena outside of Philadelphia announcing that he is no longer involved with the fight. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Read more »
UPDATE: According to British billionaire Alki David, the George Zimmerman fight will happen. Click here to read what happened at the fight press conference on Tuesday outside of Philadelphia.
ORIGINALDamon Feldman (left) had canceled the George Zimmerman vs. DMX boxing match, we had our doubts. And sure enough, on Monday morning, Feldman told us that he still hadn’t reached a final decision. “It all comes down to a meeting I have at noon today,” says Feldman, who declined to say who else would be attending that meeting. Read more »
UPDATE, 2/10, 11:30 a.m.: Damon Feldman says that the George Zimmerman boxing match is not canceled.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: The promoter, Damon Feldman, has apparently backtracked on the cancelation. For the latest on the status of the fight, see the coverage from Phillymag.com’s Victor Fiorillo here.
George Zimmerman will not be going toe-to-toe with DMX in a celebrity boxing event … and the promoter says it’s because his conscience finally kicked in.
The promoter for the event took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to officially cancel the event … and said he finally realized there’s “more to life then money.”
The promoter adds, “Just looked at my son and daughter today wow I’m so lucky those people must be in so much pain … all you people are right.”
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.
FilmOn founder Alki David (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
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.
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Earlier this week, Philadelphia Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman told us that George Zimmerman would be coming to Philadelphia next week. The purpose: to take part in a press conference for the upcoming boxing match pitting Trayvon Martin’s killer against troubled rap star DMX. But on Friday morning, facing a torrent of outrage, Feldman said that Zimmerman wouldn’t be appearing as scheduled. Read more »