FERNDOWN boxer Iain Weaver vowed to make the most of his big break having signed a five-year deal with the stable of two-time world champion Jesse James Leija.

As exclusively revealed by the Daily Echo via Twitter, the 24-year-old today penned terms with Texas-based Leija Battah Promotions in the United States, which works closely with Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

'The Blessed One' will now be based in San Antonio for three to four months at a time and hopes to fit in up to three bouts before Christmas, including a possible slot on the same bill as Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in November.

Weaver told the Daily Echo: “Things were not going that well after my last fight so I went out to Texas where a friend of mine put me in touch with some promoters who were putting on massive shows.

“They wanted to take a look at me and as soon as they saw me sparring they asked to sign me up which was a massive boost.

“I couldn't have wished for anything better because Jesse has been there and done it and has been working very closely with Oscar de la Hoya.

"I will be mixing with some of the biggest names in the game and this is my big chance to get my career on track.

“They are looking to get me a fight in September and another two or three fights before Christmas.

"It's a dream come true, I have been waiting for this day and I see no reason why I can't aim for the very top now.”