I was lying in bed on Sunday morning after a rather heavy night of drinking watching the boxing on TV the previous night. I suddenly got a got a text message from one of my other boxing mad friends saying that legendary boxing promoter Frank Maloney was in the process of becoming a woman.
Now the first thing that creeped into my head was a belief that I was being wound up. Boxing is one of the most masculine sports around, and Frank Maloney is one of the most masculine guys you could imagine.
However, after reading the Sunday Mirror exclusive interview, it is true. Frank Maloney is now being known Kellie Maloney, and is over a year into the process of gender transformation.
Born Into A Woman’s Body
The 61 year old legend explained his actions.
“I was born in the wrong body and have always known I was a woman,” she said. “I have a female brain. I knew I was different from the minute I could compare myself to others.
“I never felt comfortable doing boys’ things, playing boys’ games. But I buried myself in them to make sure I wasn’t seen as different.”
Maloney explained how hard it was hiding his true self in the sporting world.
“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.”
Maloney is most famous for guiding Lennox Lewis to the heavyweight championship of the world. Now he faces an even bigger challenge. Still, the reaction from the boxing world has been extremely positive. Lennox himself posted.
The statement said: “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 [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.”
Paul Smith Jr, the British super middleweight champion said on Twitter: “Just seen the Frank Maloney stuff. Crazy story.
“Never slagged him to his face so won’t do it on here. Each to their own, hope he/she’s happy.”
It has to be said, I admire Frank/Kellie. I can only imagine how stressful it would have been for him to come out as someone who was starting on the route to becoming a full transsexual. However, I can safely say that the outpouring of support for him would have been pleasing to say the least.
A More Tolerant Society
The world is becoming much more tolerant. The Dublin TS escorts are extremely popular, and even if people don’t want to visit them themselves, almost all acknowledge how beautiful they are.
Everyone here at Escort Ireland would like to wish Kellie Maloney the best of luck as she enters the next stage of her life. We only get one chance on this planet so we might a well make the most of it.
Calling her Kellie Maloney is still going to take a lot of getting used to though!
Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.
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