Khan Gets Off the Canvas to Decision Vargas

Amir Khan
Amir Khan

Amir Khan overcomes multiple scares to decision Samuel Vargas

Fresh off his first round KO win against Phil LoGreco in April, Amir Khan was ready to return in Arena Birmingham to give another spectacular performance.

The Recap

The fight started off with Khan’s hand speed being too much for the Columbian. Vargas repeatedly got caught by the jab-straight combination thrown at lightening speed.

If he attempted to move inside, Khan would unleash left hooks to the head and body as his opponent would step in.

The second round would show Vargas hit the deck from the same right hand he couldn’t defend himself from in the first round. He recovered, but preceded to take more of a beating.

Not Finished Yet

Just when it looked as if Khan would score another knockout win, Vargas lands a HUGE overhand right that sent the Bolton native to the canvas. You could hear a pin drop in Arena Birmingham as Khan struggled to keep his composure as the bell sounded to end the round.

Before the start of the third round, Khan’s trainer Joe Goosen, instructed him to stick to boxing. Keep moving, don’t get stuck in the pocket and watch the right hand.

Recovery and Dominance

The pep-talk worked as Khan would easily out-box Vargas for seven straight rounds; even toying with him at times. He continued to do the same in the tenth until he was caught with another right hand directly on the chin that wobbled him with one second left in the round.

The former junior welterweight champion was so discombobulated that if Vargas would have had a little more time, he could have obtained another knockdown.

Regardless of the knockdown and the occasional scare from getting his chin touched, Khan dominated the fight with his superior boxing ability. His hand speed, volume and lateral movement was too much for Vargas to stay competitive for twelve rounds.

The official judges turned in scorecards of: 119-108, 118-110 and 119-109 all for Khan.

Kell Brook was in attendance with intentions of promoting a possible fight with Khan in the near future. It is well known the two have a long-standing rivalry that spans over a decade.

As previously reported by, he will be campaigning at welterweight again after defeating Siarhei Rabchanka at junior middleweight in March.

He had this to say about Khan during the intermission before the eighth round:

“I can make welterweight. He is doing everything he can not to get the fight made. He is embarrassing his family and friends.”

However, Khan made it clear in the post fight interview that his number one priority is Manny Pacquiao.

We will continue to provide updates on what is next for Amir Khan as they are provided!

By: EJ Williams

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