Framp­ton cuts spar­ring over brain in­jury fears

Weekly Trust - - Shot! -

North­ern Ir­ish boxer Carl Framp­ton says he has cut his spar­ring regime by more than half to re­duce his chances of de­vel­op­ing brain dam­age.

The 30-year-old for­mer twoweight world cham­pion faces Mex­ico’s Ho­ra­cio Gar­cia in Belfast on Novem­ber 18.

He usu­ally has 220 spar­ring ses­sions in the build-up to his fights, but has trimmed that num­ber to 100 to avoid “problems” in retirement.

“I’ve got two kids and a mis­sus. I don’t want problems af­ter box­ing. You need to be care­ful,” Framp­ton said in com­ments pub­lished on the BBC web­site on Thurs­day.

“You have heavy gloves and a head-guard on, but if you talk to any other boxer about the amount of rounds they spar, there is no­body get­ting close.

“Most do maybe 100 or 120 for a 12-round fight and I was do­ing 220. It was a lot.

“You’re just tak­ing pun­ish­ment ev­ery day, get­ting hit all the time. That’s some­thing we’re go­ing to cut back on. I’ll train hard, but the spar­ring will be cut in half.”

Framp­ton last fought in Jan­uary when he lost his WBA feath­er­weight ti­tle to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Ve­gas. He was pre­vi­ously a world cham­pion at su­per-ban­tamweight.

Carl Framp­ton

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