Khan vs Vargas: Amir Khan revives from heavy knockdown to beat Samuel Vargas
Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to beat Samuel Vargas after a dramatic welterweight clash in Birmingham.
The former world champion was making his second ring outing following an absence of almost two years and, after brushing aside Phil Lo Greco last time out, he was given a much sterner test by Vargas.
Amir Khan beats Samuel Vargas
‘King’ Khan again showed his blistering hand-speed, twice dropping his Colombian counterpart, but he also showed worrying signs of fragility when a huge right hand dropped him at the end of the second round.
Khan looked sharp in the early stages, dropping Vargas with a straight right in round two. However, and not for the first time in his career, Khan was flattened by a huge right cross in the dying seconds of the same round.
Toronto-based Vargas – who now has four defeats in 35 bouts – was undoubtedly more game, but he was visibly thrown by Khan’s hand speed early on. The Colombian-born fighter repeatedly ducked after throwing shots, making himself a static target and his nose quickly displayed heavy damage.
Faryal Makhdoom’s husband maintained control late on for a 119-108 119-109 118-110 victory. Khan hit the deck in the 2nd round after getting caught with a big shot while trying to score a knockout after he’s dropped Vargas earlier in the round.
Khan vs. Pacquiao
“The only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao,” Khan said after the fight. “I want him. He is my number one pick. If not, we go back to the drawing board and if it’s Kell Brook it’s Kell Brook.”
Khan vs. Pacquiao might interest fans more than a fight between Khan and Brook at this point. But if Khan wants the Pacquiao fight, he needs to have it take place soon before the two of them get beaten. Both are vulnerable against good opposition.
It was only Khan’s third fight since 2015. In 2016, he was knocked out by Saúl Álvarez in Las Vegas, when challenging for the WBC middleweight title. His last fight was a 39-second demolition of Canadian Phil Lo Greco in April.