Amir Khan beats Samuel Vargas on unanimous points

Brenda Watkins
September 15, 2018

Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan proved his mettle once again after securing a unanimous points win over Samuel Vargus.

Khan claimed to have prepared for this bout as if it were a title fight, but few top-class opponents would have been concerned by what they saw from the 31-year-old after a strong start. Promoter Eddie Hearn has also lined up the best in the 147-pound division – come backing fellow Briton Kell Brook, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Keith Thurman as well as Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, who, likewise, met later Saturday night.

The Colombian-born fighter repeatedly ducked after throwing shots, making himself a static target and his nose quickly displayed heavy damage.

"He caught me with a right overhand, right on the button".

Khan won the fight comfortably on points, over 12 rounds, 119-108, 119-109 and 118-110 on the judges' cards, in what was an eliminator for the World Boxing Association welterweight title held by Manny Pacquiao.

'100 per cent I won't, and I will beat Manny Pacquiapo and Kell Brook. "You, I think, Pacquiao stops him", Vargas said.

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Mbappé never hesitates to show off his 96 Pace and 89 Dribbling ratings, bombarding the right wing every chance he gets. The Belgium and Manchester City star, who is now sidelined with a knee injury, also has a rating of 91.

But Vargas, who was stopped by Garcia in seven rounds two years ago and in four rounds by Spence in 2015, stubbornly fought back and breached Khan's defense early in the seventh round. I don't think about those losses, I'm just carrying on with my career, I go every fight a step at a time.

This was a lot more hard than the 39-second demolition job on Phil Lo Greco five months ago in another step back before a big fight after being knocked cold by Saul Alvarez in May 2015.

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. "When? Christmas. I want it to be a Christmas Day special!"

He said: 'I need to make sure I don't make my old mistakes again and I will make sure it doesn't [happen again].

"There is only so much we can do; we will listen to the public, we know Amir wants Pacquiao and he will fight Brook".

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