Frampton Cuts Sparring in Half To Prevent Future Brain Injury

LONDON, England - Northern Irish boxer Carl Frampton says he has cut his sparring regimen by more than half to reduce his chances of developing brain damage.

The 30-year-old former two-weight world champion faces Mexico's Horacio Garcia in Belfast on November 18. On that same card, IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas of Panabo City, Philippines defends against Jamie Conlan.

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.

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"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.

Main event on an unmissable evening of action sees three-time World Champion Carl Frampton MBE make his highly-anticipated Belfast return against Mexican Horacio Garcia; all-action Belfast hero Jamie Conlan gets his long-awaited World Title shot against IBF Super-Flyweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas; WBO Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete makes the first defence of his crown against fellow South African Siboniso Gonya; Dublin rivals Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty rematch for the IBF European Super-Featherweight title and hugely-popular triple Olympian Paddy Barnes makes the first defence of his WBO European Championship. Limited remaining tickets for Frampton Reborn are on sale now via the SSE Arena Belfast Box Office, and 028 9073 9074.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray Corso on 10-14-2017

If your prepping for a 10 rounder or 12 title you need some rounds along with your over all conditioning to gain peak shape. Then you have spar rounds to sharpen your skills and to get your mind right. (confidence)…

Comment by McNulty on 10-13-2017

Typical rubbish UK training methods. Overdoing it due to lack of skill. When will they learn and get help from across the ponds?

Comment by Hmabshir on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=uppercut510;18133211]true but im saying im sure that aided toneys slurred speech[/QUOTE] I agree 100% its why i posted earlier when u hit 30s as a pro boxer and ure sparring 200+ rounds ure asking for serious problems as u get…

Comment by uppercut510 on 10-13-2017

[quote=hmabshir;18133177]tony was a special fighter. Had a dog in him that no fighter in history could match, plus had the skills to back it up. Frampton couldn't hold his jock strap, he needs to spar, do road work and everything…

Comment by Mammoth on 10-13-2017

Frampton ducking sparring partners

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