WBA world light-middleweight champion, Austin Trout, was arrested four and a half hours into 2013, on suspicion of public intoxication at a restaurant in El Paso, Texas.
Allegedly, Trout (26-0-0, 14 KOs) and a few companions were involved in an altercation inside the restaurant, and officers dispatched to the location noticed the smell of alcohol on “No Doubt” and his entourage. Trout and three companions were subsequently arrested for public intoxication. The undefeated boxer was released at 8:50 on New Year’s Day after posting a $105 bond.
Austin Trout is coming off an upset victory against Miguel Cotto on Dec. 1 (he won via unanimous decision), and rumors currently indicate that his next fight will likely be against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 4. After working so hard to get himself in a position to challenge big-name opponents, he certainly doesn’t want to have his career derailed by legal troubles.
However, the New Mexico native doesn’t seem too worried about the charges — which obviously aren’t that serious, considering the low bond amount — and he expects them to be dropped soon.
“We were sitting at a table at Taco Cabana, eating our food and a fight broke out at a table next to ours,” Trout said about the charges, per El Paso Times’ Bill Knight. “The police officer said I was involved and I told him I don’t fight for free. It’s funny. They arrested everyone who wasn’t involved in the fight. … The police officer said I was intoxicated. I told him I wasn’t. He said he could smell it on my breath and I asked to take a breathalyzer and he said he didn’t have to give me one. They just held me for the required time, I paid a booking fee and I was released. It was all just a mistake.”
Even if the charges aren’t dropped, it shouldn’t have any serious negative effects on Trout’s boxing career, considering the fact the 27 year-old has been a consummate professional for quite some time.