Halifax’s Murray Sleep was a gentle soul who found himself attracted to a violent sport. His years as a supervisor of championship fights for the World Boxing Association (WBA) brought opportunities, recognition, and fame to many Nova Scotians. It also opened a new world for Murray and his lifelong friend, and fellow Hall of Famer, Buddy Daye. Together, they travelled the world attending the major championship events of the last 30 years and promoting the careers of many Nova Scotians, including Clyde Gray, Trevor Berbick, Art Hafey, Razor Ruddock, Kirk Johnson, and referee Hubert Earle.
Murray was a member of the Halifax Boxing Commission in the 1960s, joined the Nova Scotia Boxing task force, served as president of the Canadian Boxing Federation from 1979 to 1983, became a vice-president of the WBA in 1981 and was appointed vice-chairman for Championship Ratings of the WBA in 1987, serving through 1993. He was asked to run for WBA president but declined. Wherever he went, he was considered a man of integrity, dedication, and hard work.
• Supervisor Championship Fights for WBA
• Member Halifax Boxing Commission 1960’s
• On NS Boxing Task Force
• President Canadian Boxing Federation 1979-1983
• Vice-President WBA 1981
• Appointed Vice-Chairman Championship Ratings WBA
• Elected Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame 1985