Highly-ranked light-middleweight contender James Kirkland has spoken for the first time since being arrested for assault in his hometown of Austin, Texas over the weekend.
According to the southpaw, who is currently 31-1 with 27 stoppages, the incident has been blown out of all proportion as premature reports that his career may be over at just 29 do the rounds.
“The other night I made a major mistake,” explained Kirkland. “I got into it with a brother-like friend that turned into a little brawl. (It was) nothing major, but my action wasn’t of myself.
“So to friends, family, love ones and followers (I am) sorry for not making a better decision. We all make mistakes, but I (will) learn from mine.”
‘The Mandingo Warrior’ was booked for ‘causing bodily harm to a family member’ – as reported by Austin-based newspaper the American-Statesman and released from Travis County Jail on a $5,000 bond.
Kirkland last fought in March when defeating Carlos Molina via disqualification in a WBC title semi-final eliminator and could conceivably face either Erislandy Lara or Vanes Martirosyan next for the chance to fight the winner of September’s blockbuster between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez.