Amir Khan of Britain in action against Samuel Vargas of Colombia in Arena Birmingham, Britain, September 8, 2018.
A insane back-and-forth exchange of early knockdowns did not stop Amir Khan from picking up a decisive unanimous decision victory over Samuel Vargas. Thrilling, exciting, but always vulnerable.
"There is a massive demand for it but the only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao".
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.
Moreover, British rival Kell Brook was also ringside, itching to get his arch foe to sign to fight in December.
Khan lifted himself to knock Vargas to the floor again in the next round, seemingly with a punch to the back of the head, and a thrilling contest continued with a flurry of punches from both men.
Khan can't see the end coming any time soon and returned from a two-year absence in April to beat Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds as he doesn't want to turn the last page with regrets about what he could have achieved.
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Vargas got up and Khan coasted through the rest of the round until switching off with seconds to go.
"No disrespect to Amir, who is a great fighter and just outboxed me but I think Pacquiao stops him, no matter how old he is".
"I want the biggest fights and that's where I belong". The bell arrived to save Khan, who scored another knockdown in the third before the pace gradually slowed.
In the fifth, the Briton came close to stopping Vargas after landing a sustained attack of clubbing hooks which left Vargas' face streaked in blood.
From there, Khan used his jab and quick combinations on the inside to outbox Vargas, who was bleeding heavily from the nose.
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.