Thursday 18 December 2014

'I was born in the wrong body': Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney reveals sex change

Press Association Reporter

Published 10/08/2014 | 11:49

Frank Maloney of Frank Maloney Promotions
Frank Maloney of Frank Maloney Promotions

Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney is undergoing a sex change, it has been reported.

The 61-year-old, who guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title, has told how she now lives as a woman called Kellie.

She told the Sunday Mirror: "I wasn't born into the right body, I have always known I was a woman. I can't keep living in the shadows."

The newspaper told in a six-page story how Kellie's unhappiness over her secret wish to be a woman ended her marriage, and she has no intention of looking for a relationship in her new life.

"At this very moment I am preparing to live the rest of my life as a single person," she says.

She says the boxing community can think whatever it wants about her now.

"I hope society will be open minded. I know I could have done my job in boxing as a female."

Maloney announced his intention to call time on his 30-year career with immediate effect last October.

His decision brought an end to a colourful career which saw him guide Lewis to glory despite memorably being derided as a ''mental midget'' by US promoter Don King.

Lewis took to Twitter when Maloney retired to say: ''Big up 2 @FrankMaloney on a massive career in the fight game. Gonna miss those Union Jack suits. All the best to u and urs.''

Maloney's garish suits might have earned him fame as Lewis's sidekick, but his jovial image belied a shrewd boxing brain as he swerved King's obstacles to lead Lewis to the top.

Maloney told the Press Association when he retired: ''Boxing has given me some great times but it's not the same business I grew to love any more.

''The characters have gone and gradually over the last six months I have realised that I don't want to be involved in it any more.

''I am now going to go travelling through Europe with my two Airedales and see how far I can get. You never know, in six months I might miss it, but I know now it is the right time to finish.''

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