Amir Khan recovers to beat Samuel Vargas on points

The 32-year-old Brook wants to fight his fellow Briton at the end of this year

The 32-year-old Brook wants to fight his fellow Briton at the end of this year

Boxer Amir Khan in action against Samuel Vargas of Colombia in Arena Birmingham, Britain, September 8, 2018. Thrilling, exciting, but always vulnerable.

He could face Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight world title challenge or have a grudge fight with British rival Brook by the close of this year.

"Bring on Manny Pacquiao", Khan told Sky Sports. Vargas somehow kept his feet under a series of blows, but Khan appeared to tire and the fight became a slog, with neither man willing to go for broke. Vargas had other ideas though as he landed a massive right hand to floor the Brit at the end of the same session to expose all of the old vulnerabilities in shocking fashion.

Khan's blistering hand-speed helped him drop his Colombian counterpart twice.

The Bolton welterweight, in his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, said: "The only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao". But Pacquiao looks the more realistic opponent for Khan to aim for.

From there, Khan used his jab and quick combinations on the inside to outbox Vargas, who was bleeding heavily from the nose. "He is an fantastic, wonderful boxer, so who wants to see Manny Pacquiao?"

But incredibly, with the fight seemingly under control, Vargas delivered on his pre-bout promise that he would find the former world champion's fragile chin, landing a right hand to send Khan crashing down. I needed this kind of fight badly and I needed those 12 rounds.

"The rumours were that he pulled out of that because he couldn't even make 154lbs, so him making 147lbs is just a line he is using to get the fans back again, or win the fans over".

First he must overcome outsider Samuel Vargas in Birmingham tonight but then it is on to a much bigger fight in December.

"But the thing is, I need the rounds if I want to move up and fight better opposition like Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook".

He added: "It could be one year, two, five or six".

The decision was not in doubt, but many were left unsure whether this performance shows Khan can become one of the leading lights at welterweight.

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