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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