Kirkland Pinched on Gun Charge; Status for May 2 Unknown

Power-punching James Kirkland, rapidly becoming a BoxingWatchers favorite, has had another run-in with the law.

As reported by ESPN's Dan Rafael and subsequently echoed around the internets, Kirkland was picked up by police yesterday in Austin, Texas and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. It's too early to know if the arrest will jeopardize his appearance on the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton undercard on May 2, but since he was already on probation, smart money says it could be a problem.

Legal trouble put Kirkland on the shelf once already, taking him out of the boxing ring from November 2003 to April 2006. If he's forced to miss more time, it will further weaken a 154-pound division that is light on top young talent outside of Paul Williams (who fights at multiple weights anyway) and Alfredo Angulo.

Posted by The Franchise

1 comment:

spartan117 said...

This is a real downer. Kirkland was one of the most promising of the young boxing class. I was really looking forward to seeing him fight on May 2. I hope Mike Tyson Jr. can get his head on straight after this mess and make better decisions.