Frank Maloney Stuns Boxing World With Sex Change News, ‘I Was Born In Wrong Body’
Posted by Debbie Emery on 08/11/2014 at 3:35 PM Videos
The Popdust Files: LGBT, sports
He was once one of most powerful men in the brutal world of boxing, but now Frank Maloney is taking the gloves off — and getting a manicure.
The hard-nosed promoter and manager, who catapulted British/Canadian heavyweight Lennox Lewis
to fame in the boxing rings of Britain, announced this week that he is
actually a she, preparing for a sex change, and has been living as a
woman named Kellie.
Maloney, 61, spilled all about her dramatic decision to the Mirror on Sunday, telling the paper, “I was born in the wrong body and I have always known I was a woman.”
She is currently a year into her transformation, but is only just
telling her story, having kept her transformation secret up until now
because of the macho world she works in.
“I can’t keep living in the shadows, that is why I am doing what I am
today. Living with the burden any longer would have killed me,” Maloney
told the Mirror during her emotional revelation.
“What was wrong at birth is now being medically corrected. I have a
female brain. I knew I was different from the minute I could compare
myself to other children. I wasn’t in the right body. I was jealous of
Maloney skyrocketed to fame in the 1990s when she — as fighting guru
Frank — guided Lewis to his world heavyweight title in 1993 and
celebrated in the ring with him wearing a Union Jack outfit.
Now she is more comfortable in fitted shift dresses and heels, having
secretly undergone hormone therapy, hundreds of hours of hair removal
electrolysis, voice coaching and specialist counseling over the past two
“The feeling of wanting to be like and dress like a woman has always
been there,” she says. “I consciously made the decision that I wouldn’t
dress like a woman but it was a constant urge.
“But I have never been able to tell anyone in boxing,” she added.
“Can you imagine me walking into a boxing hall dressed as a woman and
putting an event on?”
Meanwhile, the main man whose career Maloney managed both inside and
outside of the ropes from 1989 to 2001, has publicly pledged his support
for his former svengali in a lengthy Facebook post.
“I was just as shocked as anyone at the news about my former promoter
and my initial thought was that it was a wind up,” wrote Lewis to his
almost 500,000 followers. “The great thing about life, and boxing, is
that, day to day, you never know what to expect.
“This world we live in isn’t always cut and dried or black and white,
and coming from the boxing fraternity, I can only imagine what a
difficult decision this must be for Kellie (formerly Frank Maloney).
“However, having taken some time to read Kellie’s statements, I
understand better what she, and others in similar situations, are going
through. I think that ALL people should be allowed to live their lives
in a way that brings them harmony and inner peace.
“I respect Kellie’s decision and say that if this is what brings
about true happiness in her life, than so be it. #LiveAndLetLive.”
The 48-year-old, who is nicknamed The Lion, compared Maloney to Muhammad Ali in his latest post on Monday, tweeting, “There was a time when some ppl didn’t respect Cassius Clay‘s decision 2change his religion &name. They got over it!”