Boxer Rob Newbiggin announced he will finally undergo a sex change and is hoping to continue boxing after getting a license to compete as a woman, Mercedes. Rob claims to have been born intersexual, which means he canâ€™t be classified as a male or female, with the physical characteristics of a man but high estrogen levels.
Rob was put up for adoption and his adoptive father, who talked him into boxing because it was a â€œmanlyâ€ thing to do. Rob says he lost most of his friends after his sex change plans were revealed by tabloid.
Rob said: â€œMy dad said I had to act like a man because people would not accept me as anything else, so I started boxing at the YMCA at about the age of 12.
â€œHe was trying to protect me. I did not find out I was adopted until I was 16 and then about how I was born, but then it all starting making sense. From the age of 10, I was dressing up and watching girls â€“ I preferred girlsâ€™ company.
â€œI have never drunk alcohol and while all my friends were going out chasing girls and getting drunk, I was a bit of a recluse.
â€œMy dad started steering me into painting, which I enjoyed. I was still boxing, but I was not into all that bodybuilding stuff. Most men want to bulk up but I was relieved when I lost weight.
â€œI have lost two stone since last year but I am keeping up my strength for my fight against Michael Gomez. It will be over six rounds at the Ritz in Manchester on August 14.
â€œIt will be my last fight as a man, but I am hoping to get a licence to fight as a female.â€
Rob, who is preparing for his last fight as a male on August 14, is the father of three children and is currently married to a 27 year-old very supportive woman named Emma. The 44 year-old boxer will have to take female hormones and undergo a psychological assessment before the surgery to become Mercedes.
Rob Newbiggin Pictures
Posted under Sports