Selby signs with Haymon

Selby signs with Haymon

IBF world featherweight champion ‘Sugar’ Lee Selby (21-1, 8KO) has signed an advisory agreement with America’s Al Haymon.

Selby, who will make an announcement of his first defence ‘soon’, said: “I’m delighted to have signed with Al Haymon and I’m looking forward to boxing in some massive fights ahead. 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 defense.”

Haymon is widely regarded as one of the most powerful figures in world boxing. The Harvard University graduate has worked with modern great Floyd Mayweather Jnr, British star Amir Khan and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Haymon currently advises more than 100 world level boxers, including Selby’s fellow featherweight and WBC belt-holder Gary Russell Jnr.

Haymon has recently launched the Premier Boxing Champions [PBC] series. The organisation, which is funded by investment firm Waddell & Reed Financial Inc., staged it’s first show in March and has since broadcast events on terrestrial network CBS, offering exposure to America’s 300m+ population.

An approximate $400m was raised to launch the PBC organisation, which also bought airtime on networks including Bounce, ESPN, NBC and Spike.

Haymon has drawn criticism in some quarters for his refusal to grant interviews to the media or appear at public events, creating a mysterious aura that has left many fans confused. Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank have recently launched law suits against Haymon, citing breaches of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, a federal law that separates the roles of manager and promoter, who work for the boxer and themselves respectively.

However, none of Haymon’s stable have ever complained about the conflict of interest and many have made career high-pay days under his guidance.

Haymon’s reach has recently expanded across the Atlantic and Cefn Fforest’s Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15KO) will appear on one of his shows in October. The former WBO world champion will face Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara (29-3, 16KO) in a 12 round light-heavyweight contest.

In July, Belfast’s IBF world super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton made his American debut on a PBC show. Also, Olympic gold medalist and IBF world super-middleweight champion James DeGale recently announced an advisory agreement with Haymon.

Selby has also extended his management agreement with Chris Sanigar and he will continue to work with Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn.

Image by Matchroom Sport.

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