Norwich model Kerri Parker who underwent surgery to remove brain tumour is to fight in a charity boxing match

Kerri Parker will be taking part in the boxing match this Saturday at Open in Norwich. Picture: DEN

Kerri Parker will be taking part in the boxing match this Saturday at Open in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A model diagnosed with a brain tumour four years ago has taken a 'controversial' decision to fight in a charity boxing match this weekend.

Kerri Parker. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Kerri Parker. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Kerri Parker, who lives in Norwich, said she was taking part in the bout at Open on Saturday to prove she will not be defeated by cancer.

The 33-year-old was diagnosed with the disease at the end of 2013 and endured an eight-hour operation to remove a 4cm tumour from her brain.

Despite being given a 13pc chance of survival at the time, she has since made a full recovery.

Her fight is being organised by Tower Fitness Corporate Boxing and will be raising money for Brain Tumour Research.

She said: 'I have always loved [competition] fighting and after I had brain cancer they said I would not be able to do it again.

'For me it's about proving to myself that not only can I do it again, but I can be stronger and fitter than I ever was before.'

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The former Dereham Neatherd High School and City College Norwich student said she was aware of the potential health risks.

But she claimed her surgeon had told her it would be safe to enter the fight.

Since announcing the challenge on Facebook, Miss Parker said she had received some abuse about her decision.

But she said there were no signs of the cancer returning and her skull had since healed from the surgery,

'If there was a chance of getting severely hurt, I would not do it,' she added.

Miss Parker, who runs one of the UK's biggest model training schools, said she would be wearing a head guard during the bout.

Prior to be diagnosed with cancer, she took part in a boxing match at The Troxy venue in London.

She has also won gold medals at tournaments in the Korean martial art Kuk Sol Won, in 2009 and 2010.

But Miss Parker said preparation for her latest fight had been tougher than usual.

She has been training regularly each day over the past 12 weeks to get into shape.

Jackson Williams, owner of Tower Fitness Corporate Boxing, said all fighters are given medical checks before and after the event, and paramedics would be present.

To sponsor Miss Parker visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runkerrirun

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