Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton has said he’s made some adjustments to sparring ahead of his November 18th bout with Mexican Horacio Garica. Frampton, who recently parted company with Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions to join up with promoter Frank Warren, Matthew Macklin’s MTK Global as advisors and trainer Jamie Moore says he is cutting sparring sessions from 220 to 100 in the hope of avoiding brain damage in later life.
“I’ve got two kids and a missus,” Frampton said. ”I don’t want problems after boxing. You need to be careful.
“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 aims to get back in the mix for world title fights as soon as possible and is even eyeing up a move to challenge for titles in a 3rd weight class –
“I’m just taking one fight at a time now and seeing how I go,” Frampton added. “I’m thinking about getting my world title back and potentially winning a world title in the next division up as well.
“That retirement plan I had, getting out by 32, may still be the case even though at the minute it’s in the back of my mind. It’s important to get out at the right time.”