Sinner and Saint



Martin Murray and Paul Zanon will be attending two book events to mark the long-awaIted launch of 'Sinner and Saint' the inspirational story of St Helens’ flawed yet favourite son.

Martin and Paul will be meeting fans, chatting about the book and signing copies at St Helens RFC and Waterstones in Warrington on 14/15 September:

  • Friday 14 September, 5.00-6.30pm - St Helens RFC Superstore 
  • Sunday 15 September, 12.00-2.00pm - Warrington Waterstones

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

Click here for more information on Sinner and Saint: The Inspirational Story of Martin Murray.