Carl Frampton has revealed that he has cut back on his sparring in order to avoid possible brain damage in the future.

The Belfast man is preparing for a fight against Horacio Garcia next month and told the BBC that he has reduced his contact sessions.

"I've got two kids and a missus, I don't want problems after boxing," said the 30-year-old. 

"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 is a former two-weight world champion.

Former Ireland international Kevin Doyle quit football last month after revealing he had suffered a number of concussions over the years.