COMPETITION: Win a Copy of Martin Murray – Sinner and Saint

World Boxing News has once again teamed up with Pitch Publishing to offer fans the chance to own a great boxing read.

This time around, three copies of Martin Murray and Paul Zanon’s ‘Sinner and Saint’ are up for grabs.

To win, all you have to do is follow Martin MurrayPaul Zanon, Pitch Publishing and World Boxing News on Twitter, then retweet any of the competition posts.

About ‘Sinner and Saint’

The record books will tell you that Martin Murray failed to beat Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez. But the reality of those world title contests against two of the best middleweights of the century is quite different; Murray, brimming with belief, tenacity and underrated skills, deserved far more from those cruel hometown scorecards.

The record books will also tell you that Murray spent time in prison as an angry young man. But again, judging Murray’s character by the blots on his record would be a huge mistake. Murray is one of the finest fighters this country has produced in recent years, but not only that, he’s one of the finest men.

So if you’re looking for the truth on Martin Murray, the real truth, this is the place to start.

– Matt Christie, Boxing News editor


The inspirational story of Martin Murray, St Helens’ flawed yet favourite son. Murray pulls no punches as he recounts his story in the most intimate and vivid way – a rollercoaster life ultimately redeemed through his success in boxing.

  • Started boxing age 7. Aged 17, barely over five feet tall, he was fighting in the 45Kg (7 stone) category when a fortune teller predicted to his mother that he’d go off the rails at 18
  • Murray started on a journey of drugs, alcohol and street fights which led to a long criminal record. A few months after the fateful prediction, he was in prison in Cyprus
  • Before his 20th birthday, Murray had already been convicted in court seven times. His 20th birthday was spent behind bars in a youth offenders’ institution
  • Won the the welterweight ABAs in 2004 – while he was on the run
  • Competed on the Team GB boxing team in 2005. Fought Danny Jacobs twice
  • In 2006 he went on the run for three months in Malia
  • Completed four jail sentences before turning pro five days before his 25th birthday.
  • Just over a year later, he won the middleweight Prizefighter tournament, bringing his pro record to 12-0. Went on to win the British and Commonwealth titles and challenged for the world title four times. Twice he was branded the unluckiest man to not win a world title
  • A respected family man, Murray now spends a great deal of time involved in his community, assisting a number of charities and helping to guide others in danger of taking the wrong path in life, using his own transformation as inspiration for change

Martin Murray collaborated with acclaimed writer Paul Zanon to write his book. Paul is the author of number one bestsellers Jimmy Tibbs – Sparring With Life and The Loonliness of a Deep Sea Diver.

He has also written the autobiographies of Paul Ingle, Jamie Moore and Mark Prince, and contributes to a number of publications, including Boxing Monthly.