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Frank Maloney undergoing sex change and living as woman named Kellie

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Legendary boxing manager and promoter Frank Maloney has revealed he is undergoing a sex change and is now living life as a woman called Kellie.

As promoter and mentor to Lennox Lewis, Maloney was responsible for managing one of Britain’s most famous boxers and an undisputed World Heavyweight Champion following his title triumph in 1992.

For decades he operated in the high-pressure world of boxing, dealing with the greats of the game as he carved out a memorable career, but all the time he was harbouring a secret that he felt was incompatible with the world of sport.

But now, Kellie has revealed in a world exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror that she is living as a woman after years of suppressing her true identity.

“I was born in the wrong body and I have always known I was a woman,” Kellie told the paper. “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.

[READ THE FULL STORY AT THE SUNDAY MIRROR]

“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 girls.”

The Sunday Mirror details how Kellie has “secretly undergone hormone therapy, hundreds of hours of hair removal electrolysis, voice coaching and specialist counselling.”

And Kellie says she never felt able to communicate her true feelings during a long career in boxing, which also saw Maloney work with former world cruiserweight champion David Haye.

“The feeling of wanting to be like and dress like a woman has always been there,” she said. “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. Can you imagine me walking into a boxing hall dressed as a woman and putting an event on?

“I can imagine what they would scream at me. But if I had been in the theatre or arts world nobody would blink an eye about this transition.”

Kellie’s amazingly brave revelation has been met with support from prominent figures.

However, one boxer did see fit to make a joke of the situation.

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