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.
"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, www.ssearenabelfast.com and 028 9073 9074.