British heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis with his manager Frank Maloney in London, 1st October 1989. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
1992: Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis of Great Britain shows off his WBC belt with his manager Frank Maloney. \ Mandatory Credit: Gray Mortimore/Allsport
U.S. boxing promoter Don King, left, gestures alongside Britain's Frank Maloney in London Tuesday, October 13, 1998, during a press conference to discuss the prospect of an upcoming fight between WBA and IBF heavyweight titlist Evander Holyfield and WBC champion Lennox Lewis. (AP Photo/Rosie Hallam)
FILE - This is a Friday night, Feb. 7, 1997, file photo of WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, right, and his promoter Frank Maloney, as they celebrate his victory over Oliver McCall at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Lewis captured the title with a fifth round TKO of McCall. LONDON (AP) Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney says he is undergoing a sex change. The 61-year-old Maloney, who guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title in the 1990s, told Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper published on Sunday Aug. 10, 2014, that he is now living as a woman under the name Kellie. (AP Photo/Jeff Scheid, File)
WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, right, and his promoter Frank Maloney, celebrate his victory over Oliver McCall Friday night, Feb. 7, 1997, at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Lewis captured the title with a fifth round TKO of McCall. (AP Photo/Jeff Scheid)
11 Mar 1999: Promoter Don King with Lennox Lewis'' manager Frank Maloney before the heavyweight title unification fight with Evander Holyfield at Madison Square Gardens in New York. \ Mandatory Credit: John Gichigi /Allsport
Boxing promoter Don King, center, announces an upcoming heavyweight fight between Lennox Lewis, left, and Tony Tucker, right, at a news conference in New York on Sunday, March 7, 1993. Lewis, the World Boxing Council champion, will make his first title defense against Tucker on May 8 in Las Vegas, Nev. Lewis? manager, Frank Maloney is bottom center. (AP Photo)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The management team of heavyweight British boxer Lennox Lewis, Frank Maloney (L) and Adrian Ogun (R), announce 20 February 2001 details about the next defence of Lewis' titles at a press conference in London. Lewis will fight American Hasim Rahman in Carnival City, South Africa, 21 April 2001. AFP PHOTO/ ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
7 OCT 1995: LENNOX LEWIS HOLDS HIS ARMS ALOFT IN VICTORY WITH HIS MOTHER (FOREGROUND), LARRY HAZARD (RIGHT) AND HIS MANAGER FRANK MALONEY (LEFT) AFTER A TECHNICAL KNOCK OUT IN THE 6TH ROUND TO DEFEAT TOMMY MORRISON AT THE ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION CENTERI
23 Nov 1999: Lennox Lewis flanked by his manager Frank Maloney and co-promoter Panos Eliades during a press conference at the Cafe de Paris in London, after Lewis'' victory over Evander Holyfield to become the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. \ Mandatory Credit: Ian Walton /Allsport
World Heavyweight Championship Boxing, Las Vegas, USA, November, 1999, Frank Maloney, manager and promoter of Great Britain's Lennox Lewis (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
SCOTRUN, UNITED STATES: Frank Maloney, manager of British WBC Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, talks to the press during a training day 22 February at the Caesars Brookdale Resort in Scotrun, Pennsylvania. The fight against WBA Champion Evander Holyfield will take place 13 March at Madison Square Garden. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
1992: Portrait of Frank Maloney, Manager of Heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis of Great Britain. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport
Lennox Lewis of London, England, center, poses for a photo with his manager Frank Maloney, right, and his mother Violet, left, after winning the 12 round Heavyweight Championship bout against David Tua, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Frank Maloney the promoter of David Price of Great Britain looks on prior to the International Heavyweight Fight between David Price and Tony Thompson at the Echo Arena on February 23, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
17 APR 1995: MANAGER FRANK MALONEY TALKS WITH HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER LENNOX LEWIS DURING HIS TRAINING IN BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA. LEWIS WILL FIGHT LIONEL BUTLER ON MAY 13, IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Holly Stein/ALLSPORT
17 APR 1995: MANAGER FRANK MALONEY WATCHES HIS HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER LENNOX LEWIS TRAIN IN BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA. LEWIS WILL FIGHT LIONEL BUTLER ON MAY 13, IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Holly Stein/ALLSPORT
WBC World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis of Great Britain with his manager Frank Maloney (left) holding a cuddly toy of promoter Don King to publicise the forthcoming title defence against Tony Tucker in Las Vegas, 7th May 1993. The fight against Tucker will be the first time Lewis has defended the title in the ring since being awarded the vacant WBC Title in January 1993. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
Frank Maloney, right, manager for WBC World Heavyweight Champ Lennox Lewis, left, reacts to a replay of Lewis' knockout of Andrew Golota as trainer Emmanuel Steward, center, watches at the Atlantic City Convention Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Saturday, October 4, 1997. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
British boxer David Price (R) is consoled by promoter Frank Maloney after being beaten by US boxer Tony Thompson in their heavyweight boxing match at The Echo Arena in Liverpool, northwest England on July 6, 2013. The referee stopped the fight in the fifth round declaring Thompson the winner. AFP PHOTO/Paul Ellis (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Boxing manager and promoter Frank Maloney, in London, circa 1990. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
Lennox Lewis of Great Britain (left) listening to his manager Frank Maloney at a press conference after his Heavyweight contest against Donovan Razor Ruddock (USA) at Earls Court in London, 31st October 1992. Lewis won in the 2nd round. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
14 Nov 1992: Frank Maloney looks on during a press conference for Lennox Lewis in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Robert Stark /Allsport
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LONDON (AP) -- Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney is undergoing a sex change, according to a newspaper interview published Sunday.
The 61-year-old Maloney, who guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title in the 1990s, is now living as a woman by the name of Kellie, Britain's Sunday Mirror reported.
The twice-married Maloney ended an illustrious career last October and told the paper about undergoing hormone treatment for two years in preparation for a sex change operation.
"I was born in the wrong body and I have always known I was a woman," Maloney was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "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.
"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."
Maloney said a boxing career helped bring in enough money to walk away from the sport and live a new life as a woman.
"It was something that I was determined to suppress and keep wrapped up because I didn't want to be seen different," Maloney said.
"(Boxing) took up all of my time. It gave me a complete focus. It was something I thought I had to be successful in because I thought if I failed in that, where do I go?"