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Weight for it as Kerr has re-think.

Byline: By John Gibson

Ryan Kerr is ready to sacrifice his England super middleweight crown in the interests of progress.

But, before he quits the 12 stone division, he's to fly out to Denmark on January 29 for a week's sparring with unbeaten world champion Mikkel Kessler.

Kerr's decision to get down to the 11st 6lb middleweight limit follows his draw with James Hearn in defence of his English title.

"I've been pushing Ryan was a while now to become truly dedicated and go back to the middleweights," manager Tommy Conroy told me. "Now he realises it himself after fighting Hearn.

"Even though Jim Watt on Sky television had Kerr the winner by two rounds, Ryan realises the super middleweights are too big for him and his punches just bounce off them.

"He's a totally different proposition at 11st 6lb."

Kerr is still unbeaten, of course, with 13 victories and a draw in his pro career and Conroy added: "Going over to Denmark to work with a world champion will be a great learning opportunity for him."

Kessler has won all 36 of his fights, 27 of them by knock out.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2005
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