Money men throw us on head-in­jury scrapheap

CARL’S CALL FOR DUTY OF CARE

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Boxing - BY TOM HOP­KIN­SON

CARL FRAMP­TON says box­ing must do more to en­sure its fight­ers are looked after once they have hung up their gloves.

Alan Shearer’s doc­u­men­tary on de­men­tia in football, which airs on BBC1 at 10.30pm tonight, will throw the af­ter­care of pro­fes­sional sports­men and women back into the spot­light.

And Framp­ton be­lieves now is as good a time as any for the fight game to look at how it can bet­ter sup­port its re­tired he­roes.

The for­mer feath­er­weight world cham­pion, who takes on Ho­ra­cio Gar­cia of

Mex­ico in Belfast on Satur­day, said:

“There prob­a­bly isn’t enough af­ter­care from box­ing for its fight­ers and that’s some­thing to do with pro­mot­ers and man­agers.

“You see it so many times – guys who are best friends with their pro­mot­ers while they are win­ning and mak­ing money for ev­ery­one.

“Then they have a bad night and a loss and that’s them on the scrapheap.

“They don’t hear from their man­agers or pro­mot­ers, or see them, ever again.

“It’s a hard game, and you have to put your whole life into it.

“So my­self in­cluded, and other guys, we don’t have any­thing to fall back on if the box­ing doesn’t work out, be­cause we have put ev­ery­thing we know and have had into the sport.

“I don’t have GCSEs or a trade be­hind me.

“So it’s im­por­tant fight­ers are looked after when their ca­reers are over, and not just thrown on the scrapheap.

“That can be some­thing that man­agers and pro­mot­ers can help fight­ers with.” Framp­ton split with pro­moter Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan after los­ing his world ti­tle to Leo Santa Cruz in Jan­uary.

And as he pre­pares for his first out­ing since, with new trainer Jamie Moore, he has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the num­ber of spar­ring rounds in his train­ing camp.

He added: “Peo­ple have made out that I’ve dropped the num­ber of rounds I’ve been spar­ring to try to avoid [head in­jury] prob­lems after box­ing.

“But if you woke up as a boxer wor­ry­ing about tak­ing a punch to the head in spar­ring then you’re in the wrong game.

“The main rea­son to re­duce the rounds was to re­strict the in­juries. I used to spar a lot, over 200 rounds per camp, and I just felt like it was a lot.

“I did en­joy spar­ring but you’re still tak­ing a lot of pun­ish­ment and I was hav­ing prob­lems with, al­most whiplash, where you’re knocked about for 220 rounds.

“Nig­gles up around my neck, my shoul­ders, my back.

“We’ve re­duced the amount of spar­ring and made it qual­ity rather than quan­tity, and it seems to be work­ing.

“I’ve done less than half the num­ber of rounds I would nor­mally but when I did my last 10 rounds I was fly­ing, as fit as I’ve ever been.”

CAM­PAIGN: Alan Shearer RE­DUC­ING SPAR­RING Carl Framp­ton has slashed in half his spar­ring sched­ule in a bid to ease ‘whiplash’

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