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Kirkland happy to be free to fight again

Updated: October 1, 2010, 11:17 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Junior middleweight contender James Kirkland was released from Bastrop Federal Prison outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas, on Thursday and planned to resume training immediately, co-manager Cameron Dunkin told ESPN.com.

Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) will spend the next few months at a halfway house in Austin, but will be allowed to train. Dunkin said he will also look for a part-time job.

"He's out. He's very happy and had a chance to see his two kids," Dunkin said. "He'll be ...

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