POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 12:25pm
EL PASO — Las Cruces champion boxer Austin "No Doubt" Trout returned home to dozens of cheering fans at the El Paso airport Monday night after successfully defending his title in New York City over the weekend.
Trout, 27, faced his toughest opponent to date in Miguel Cotto, beating him by unanimous decision after 12 rounds of boxing.
"I still kind of don't believe it, I'm not shocked I knew I could do it but now that it's finally over with it's like now what," Trout said. "I get to go home and be with the kids and be dad but I'm ready for the next one."
Trout spent most of Monday traveling from New York dealing with long flight delays and layovers on connecting flights, yet still spent about an hour signing autographs and taking photos with his fans.
"I'm not leaving until everybody here gets a photo," Trout said as he was swarmed by fans young and old.
Trout said he was extremely grateful for all the support he received from everybody in Las Cruces as well as from other parts of the country.
He said he enjoyed every moment he spent taking photos with fans and signing autographs including some high heels.
Trout is scheduled to be making various appearances now that he is home.
A press conference is being scheduled for Wednesday afternoon with time and location still to be determined.
Trout is tentatively scheduled to attend a reception organized by the Las Cruces Convention and Visitor's Bureau at Hotel Encanto Wednesday evening depending on his availability.
The city would also like Trout to participate in the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and parade Friday evening.
This story will be updated as the appearances are confirmed.