A TRANSGENDER man was overcome with emotion after being named an ambassador of an up-and-coming charity.

Having gone through his own transgender journey five years ago, Danny Baker has been playing a vital role in the community and helping those struggling with their gender or sexuality by volunteering as a support worker.

Danny, who is from Canvey, has now been confirmed as an ambassador of the World Gay Boxing Championships.

The charity was organised by Martin Stark and the World Gay Boxing Championships will take place in Sydney, Australia in 2023.

Danny, who will compete in the competition and secured a public apology after hitting out at Perth’s new Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas following transphobic remarks, was overwhelmed after being asked to help the charity.

He said: “I was quite emotional after being asked to be an ambassador.

“I never expected to be asked to do something like this and I am incredibly proud.

“It has been a difficult year for everyone because of the coronavirus pandemic and I want to lift everyone.


“The World Gay Boxing Championships is a massive charity being built in Australia and I am happy to be playing my part.

“My job is to encourage people all over the world to engage in sport and feel comfortable while doing so.

“An app has been set up to make sure I can communicate with fighters in different countries.

“The charity and competition in 2023 is open to everyone.”

Danny, 33, first started boxing three years ago and has been inspired by close friend Jamie Johnson.

Jamie is a former Women’s International Boxing Federation British Lightweight champion and has trained with Laila Ali, the daughter of sporting icon Muhammad Ali.

Kellie Maloney, who has undertaken gender reassignment and managed Lennox Lewis to the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, will train the British team ahead of the World Gay Boxing Championships in 2023.

Danny added: “It’s massive having Kellie involved. In all honesty, it’s a bit surreal.

“Kellie was the number one boxing promoter in the world and has managed big names, including my idol Lennox Lewis, so it’s fantastic.”