Yes, it is possible for a boxer to defend himself against assault charges in a criminal trial. My advise is to either retain private counsel or apply for the services of a public defender. A bar fight between a professional boxer and a bar patron probably ended with serious bodily harm inflicted upon the bar patron. If this was the case, a felony assault charge is likely. The problem with being your own attorney is that you do not understand the Rules of Evidence or Criminal Procedure, and you have no experience in trial practice. A skilled and experienced prosecutor will bludgeon the defense case. Why risk a potential prison sentence for an assault conviction when experienced counsel could make the difference?

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