According to online gossip site TMZ, former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland is back in legal trouble, this time over reported non-payment of child support.
Kirkland was taken into custody August 8 by the Travis County Sheriff's department in Kirkland’s hometown of Austin, Texas for owing an undisclosed amount of back child support. He then was released on $15,160.25 bond.
Kirkland is no stranger to legal issues and utter personal chaos as evidenced by a prison stint for probation violation in 2009 followed by several years of up and down ring performances, inactivity, management/trainer turmoil, and a stubborn reluctance to come to terms for any proposed fights.
Although rumored to be in negotiations for an upcoming bout with Miguel Cotto, Kirkland’s only ring action in the last eighteen months was a third round knockout loss to Saul Alvarez, for which he was reported to have received more than $1 million dollars.