Edner Cherry trained in Florida with world champion Keith Thurman as he prepared for his fight against Lydell Rhodes, and the experience seems to have been beneficial for both stablemates.
Lydell Rhodes was frustrated after losing a unanimous decision to Sergey Lipinets in October, during which the “Hackman” fatigued during the later rounds and was penalized a point for holding.
There are many ways to put together a thrilling boxing match. One that’s often overlooked: Match two talented fighters who are desperate to rebound from stinging defeats—and desperate to avoid losing back-to-back fights for the first time in their careers.
If you spot Lydell Rhodes out and about—say, at a restaurant or grocery store or pumping gas—you’ll see an ordinary dude. Throw him in the squared circle, though, and that’s when his alter ego manifests.
Lydell Rhodes was going about his business in a Las Vegas gym recently, training for his upcoming fight against Sergey Lipinets. Then in walked the gym’s owner—some dude named Floyd Mayweather Jr.—and after the two exchanged fist bumps, Rhodes took his training session to another level.
Despite being undefeated through 24 fights, Lydell Rhodes doesn’t yet know what it feels like to be called a champion. But he certainly knows what it feels like to work in close proximity to one.
At the witching hour on October 10, Lydell Rhodes woke up and conjured a unique way to celebrate his 28th birthday: The Las Vegas-based boxer ran a mile for every year he’s been alive.