'I was born in the wrong body': Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney reveals sex change
Published 10/08/2014 | 11:49
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.''