The boxing world was shocked on Sunday when British tabloid the Daily Mirror exclusively broke the news that former promoter Frank Maloney revealed he now lives as a woman and is called Kellie.
Maloney made his name in the 1990’s by guiding Lennox Lewis to the heavyweight championship of the world. On hearing the news 48 year-old made the following statement on his Facebook page
"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.
"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.
"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, then so be it. #LiveAndLetLive."
August 11, 2014