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Boxing: Lewis' male mentor reveals sex change

Published on Aug 10, 2014 11:53 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Frank Maloney, the man behind Britain's former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis's march to the top, is undergoing a sex change and living as a woman called Kellie, she told the Sunday Mirror.

The 61-year-old Englishwoman - who stood for election to be London Mayor for the UK Independence Party in 2004 - has been married twice and has two daughters, but she told the newspaper she had always felt she was a woman.

"I was born in the wrong body and I have always known I was a woman," said Kellie, who as Frank Maloney engineered Lewis' 1993 world heavyweight title victory.

"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.

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