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Lee Selby sets his sights on the US after signing for Floyd Mayweather's advisor

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Lee Selby has become the latest British boxer to sign with the powerful American boxing manager Al Haymon.

Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions series gets good exposure on free-to-air television in America and the boxing manager has some of the world's leading fighters on his books, including Floyd Maywether Jr.

Selby, 28, welcomes Haymon into his camp, but the Welshman will continue to be manager and trained by Chris Sanigar

"I'm delighted to have signed with Al Haymon and I'm looking forward to boxing in some massive fights ahead," said Selby.

"I'm also pleased to continue with Chris Sanigar, who's been with me since the start of my pro career. It's exciting times ahead and I can't wait for my first world title defence."

Selby follows IBF world super-middleweight champion James DeGale, IBF world super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and former world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan in signing for Haymon, with the deal likely to bolster the Welshman's own chances of making a first IBF featherweight title defense in America rather than back home.

"Lee has been based out in the USA for his last five training camps and it was always our ambition longer term for Lee to box in the USA as well as at home in the UK," said Sanigar.

Selby's association with Haymon will inevitably lead to fighting more in the US, a growing trend among some of Britain's top boxers who are also associated to Haymon.

Belfast's unbeaten Frampton made his American debut in the States last month and there is speculation that Londoner DeGale will make a first defence of his title across the Atlantic. Khan has fought just once in the UK in the last four years too.