08/10/2014 02:13 EDT | Updated 10/10/2014 05:59 EDT

Lennox Lewis’s former boxing promoter having sex change

The man who guided Canadian boxer Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title in the 1990s told Britain’s Sunday Mirror on Sunday that he’s “undergoing a sex change to become a woman.”

Former boxing promoter Frank Maloney, 61, says he is living as a woman called Kellie.

The twice-married Maloney ended his illustrious career last October and told the Sunday Mirror he has been 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. I can't keep living in the shadows," Maloney told the Mirror, which also posted a video of the interview.