Shields Says Jermell Charlo Split Won’t Affect Jermall

by David P. Greisman

Ronnie Shields was for a time the trainer to both Jermall and Jermell Charlo until a few months back, when he chose to stop working with Jermell.

But even though the Charlos are twin brothers who previously shared a trainer, Shields says the move won’t have negative consequences on Jermall, who has since picked up a world title at 154 pounds.

“Things are going on just if he was there or wasn’t there,” Shields said. “I’ve always separated them a little bit because they’re different people. While they always helped each other in the gym, certain times one didn’t fight and one did. I would separate them. I wouldn’t let them train together all the time. That’s just a force of habit, when you have to separate guys. They’re a distraction from each other. They’ve always worked hard without the other anyway, so it’s been no big deal.”

Jermall, who is 22-0 with 17 KOs, will make his first title defense in a Nov. 28 fight against Wilky Campfort.

Jermell, who is 26-0 with 11 KOs, is due to face Joachim Alcine on Oct. 31.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nielon on 10-28-2015

I would like to see Charlo vs Canelo, Charlo vs Trout, Charlo vs Lara..... Al Haymon please make it happen!!

Comment by fredhopple on 10-28-2015

Two peas one pod one great one clod. Shields kept the better one of the two old hat nothing new.

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