Allhiphop.com is reporting  that, in a rare burst of sanity, rapper/neophyte pugilist Earl "DMX" Simmons has backed out of an upcoming boxing match with actor Eric Martinez. According to the article, DMX opted out of exchanging fisticuffs with the moonlighting actor either out of safety concerns or because the promoters wouldn't throw the fight in his favors. Promoters are reportedly looking for another rapper to take DMX's place for the December 12th bout in Alabama. Might we suggest MC Paul Barman? He has a mean left hook and fights dirty.

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