Friday, July 17, 2009
The Hermaphrodite: Rob Newbiggin
The boxer Rob Newbiggin is to undergo a sex change operation to become a woman named ‘Mercedes’.
The father-of-three has forged a 20-year career as a boxer and has even sparred with Ricky Hatton, but has only now decided to make this life-changing decision.
Rob, 44, is the resident artist at Dobbies Garden Centre on Bentham’s Way, and was featured in the Visiter in April with his portrait of Red Rum.
The boxer is well known for his artwork including a mural entitled ‘The Scene in the Park’ in Botanic Gardens which raised thousands of pounds for Derian House Children’s Hospice, with people paying to have their faces featured in the mural.
Rob, who is married with three children wants to continue boxing as a woman, although if this falls through he hopes to carve out a career as a model.
The Visiter understands Rob’s wife Emma fully supports Rob’s decision, one that he has been thinking about for a long time.
With his hormone replacement therapy well under way, Rob hopes to complete the transformation within six months.
Rob, nicknamed ‘The Gladiator’, has been boxing since the age of 12 and is due to fight Michael Gomez, who was defeated last year by Amir Khan.
Rob was born in Canada but had lived here since the age of four. His professional fight record includes three wins, one by knockout and 12 defeats.
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