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.
"It's overwhelming," Trout said of his welcoming party at the airport. "I'm keeping it cool right now and I appreciate all this love and support."
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.
He said he enjoyed every moment he spent taking photos with fans and signing autographs including some high heels.
Trout said he was extremely grateful for all the support he received from everybody in Las Cruces as well as other parts of the country.
The Champ said it was a great experience fighting in New York City and admitted to finding himself awestruck at times while in the Big Apple.
"Going through the city seeing billboards of myself, I pointed them all out," Trout joked. "Hey, hey wait there's me."
On fight night the atmosphere inside Madison Square Garden was electric with thousands of screaming Cotto fans, but the moment was never too big for the Las Cruces native.
"All you hear is faint boos and my heartbeat," Trout said of walking into the arena. "I kept going in my head it's time, it's my time."
He said he was confident he could win the fight but was nervous when it went to the judge's scorecards.
"Being in the garden, being in his home going to the decision and when they said unanimous, I was like uh-oh they are going to take this from me," Trout said.
He said he put his faith in God asking for a fair decision and recalled the announcer addressing the crowd.
"When they announced, 'and still' (champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout) I buckled a little bit and I gave the Tiger Woods pump," Trout said. "There's no greater moment than that."
Trout said it still hadn't really hit him he had won the fight and said he was numb from it all.
"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."
A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces.