Kellie Maloney

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Kellie Maloney (born Francis "Frank" Maloney, 1953)[1] is a retired boxing manager and promoter and United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) politician, most notable for managing Lennox Lewis to the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the World.

In August 2014, she entered the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother.

Early life[edit]

Maloney was born in Peckham, to Irish parents, and named Francis (commonly shortened to "Frank"). She began boxing at school, and while at school wanted to become a Catholic priest, but failed to enjoy some time spent at a seminary. After failing in attempts to become a jockey and a professional footballer, Maloney became a chef, continuing to box, and before the age of twenty began training other boxers and organising amateur contests. By the late 1970s this had led to a career as a professional trainer, with a working relationship with Frank Warren.

After splitting with Warren in the 1980s, Maloney moved into management and began promoting professional fights, becoming Lennox Lewis's manager in 1989, and this relationship lasted until 2001.

Boxing promotion[edit]

Maloney's twenty-five years in boxing promotions were celebrated by a Gala Dinner Boxing Show on St George's Day, 2009, and in the same year Maloney was honoured by being voted European Promoter of the Year for 2009.

Although best known as the promoter who took Lennox Lewis to the top, Maloney has also guided four other fighters to World Titles and has managed a string of British, European and Commonwealth Champions. In 2009, the 'Boxing Binman', Rendall Munroe, made his fifth successive defence of his European Super Bantamweight title and later thrice fought for a world title, twice on an interim basis, drawing once and losing twice.[2]

On 14 September 2009 Maloney suffered a heart attack while watching John McDermott lose a contentious decision to Tyson Fury; significant heart damage was discovered when Maloney was admitted to hospital with shock after discovering the boxer Darren Sutherland hanged. It was reported that Maloney was not welcome at Sutherland's funeral service, although reports circulated that her wife, Tracey, and mother, Maureen, attended.[3]

Maloney announced the decision to retire from boxing in October 2013.

Political activities[edit]

As well as opposition to the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, Maloney's priorities included combatting crime and reducing immigration, and also wished to abolish the Greater London Authority, increase the powers of Mayor of London, and legalise brothels in order to take prostitution off the streets. Maloney stood in the London mayoral election, 2004, coming fourth with just under 7% of the vote. In the 2010 General Election, Maloney stood for UKIP in the East London constituency of Barking where other candidates included Labour MP Margaret Hodge; head of the British National Party, Nick Griffin; and Dominic Carman.

Allegations of homophobia and racism[edit]

During the London mayoral election campaign of 2004, Maloney was the UKIP candidate and was criticised for comments about lesbian and gay people. These included the explanation that a failure to campaign in Camden was because there were "too many gays". Maloney later attempted to justify these remarks, telling the BBC "I don't want to campaign around gays...I don't think they do a lot for society...what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality." James Davenport, chairman of Gay Conservatives, called for Maloney's resignation as a UKIP candidate, saying "Frank Maloney is a dangerous extremist and should resign or be sacked as UKIP's candidate for London mayor. UKIP must back or sack their homophobic candidate."[4][5][6]

Maloney was accused of "Griffin-like racism"[7] during the 2004 London Mayoral Elections, and was described as a "dangerous racist".[8] The UKIP campaign manager, Gary Cartwright,[9] a National Democrats candidate and organiser [10][11] prior to joining UKIP, was a regular contributor to holocaust denier David Irving's historical revisionist Focal Point website.[12][13][14] Ken Livingstone, in response to Maloney's campaign, stated that "UKIP are the British National Party in suits."[15]

Personal life[edit]

Maloney was married for over 15 years to second wife Tracey; they have two girls and a dog called Louie. She is also parent of a daughter from her first marriage. She supports Millwall Football Club.[16] Maloney said in her first televised interview as an open trans woman that she and Tracey are now divorced, but that she has been "very supportive".[17]

In August 2014, Maloney announced publicly that she is now known as Kellie, and is undergoing gender reassignment.[18][19]

Lennox Lewis was initially shocked at the news but expressed respect for Maloney's decision.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Sport - Frank Maloney: Manager and promoter retires from boxing
  2. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=213913&cat=boxer
  3. ^ Darren's parents will tell boxer's story on Late Late - Herald.ie
  4. ^ BBC News 'UKIP candidate sparks gay anger' 29 April 2004
  5. ^ "London mayoral candidate under fire for anti-gay remarks". Web.archive.org. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  6. ^ 25 Things You Didn't Know When You Voted For UKIP[dead link]
  7. ^ The Independent, 10 January 2010
  8. ^ Sunday Tribune, 28 March 2010[dead link]
  9. ^ "About Gary Cartwright". cartwright.eu.com. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "''The Flag'' no. 106 1999". 7 February 2002. Archived from the original on 7 February 2002. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "''The Flag'' no. 105 1999". 7 February 2002. Archived from the original on 7 February 2002. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Focal Point Website". Fpp.co.uk. 14 June 2001. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Focal Point Website". Fpp.co.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Focal Point Website". Fpp.co.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Richard Corbett MEP 2004[dead link]
  16. ^ Philip, Robert (29 March 2004). "Maloney's FA Cup vote goes firmly to Millwall". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  17. ^ Alexander, Ella (13 August 2014). "Kellie Maloney made public announcement after she was hounded by newspaper journalists". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Frank Maloney sex change: Boxing legend now living as a woman - Mirror Online
  19. ^ BBC News - Boxing promoter Frank Maloney reveals gender reassignment
  20. ^ "Lennox Lewis backs former promoter Frank Maloney over gender change". 10 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.