Amir Khan vs Samuel Vargas : Amir Khan is hoping to take another step towards a 2018 super fight when he takes on Samuel Vargas this Saturday.It will be Khan’s first visit to the ring since defeating Phil Lo Greco in the first round in April.
While this will not be a world title fight, there will be huge interest in the 31-year-old as he fights again in Birmingham.
After getting brutally knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2016, Khan (32-4, 20 KOs) spent two years away from the ring.
When he finally returned, he did it in style, knocking out Phil Lo Greco in just 39 seconds to claim his first victory in 23 months. Now, the former world champion will probably be looking to spend a bit more time in the ring and bank some rounds as he builds up to his next big challenge.
After almost two years away from the ring, Khan returned in exhilarating fashion against Phil Lo Greco in April, dismantling the Canadian in 38 seconds with a ruthless display that underlined his determination to once again mix it with the welterweight elite.
The 31-year-old sees his next title shot coming at 147lbs with Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jnr and Keith Thurman the formidable names currently holding the belts.
Khan is also keen on what he sees as a “defining fight” against WBA champion Manny Pacquiao, while the prospect of an all-British showdown with former IBF champion and long-time adversary Kell Brook remains a compelling prospect.
Saturday’s opponent Vargas however is out to halt those ambitions against the man he describes as being “damaged” and “over the hill.”
Amir Khan fights are never dull and after a successful comeback fight against Phil Lo Greco, ‘King Khan’ will be looking to shine once again vs Samuel Vargas.
The former world champion is targeting the mega fights still, with Kell Brook, Manny Pacquiao and the winner of Danny Garcia vs Shawn Porter all options should he triumph this weekend.
Khan will need to bank some rounds this time though, after disposing of the Canadian Lo Greco inside a round last April. It is another opportunity for Khan’s home fans to catch a glimpse of him after almost five years on the road.
The 31-year-old will know he must look impressive to maintain momentum and secure one last run at becoming a world champion. Johnson suggested Goossen would not be able to prepare Khan following the Bolton star’s knockout at the hands of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez two fights ago.
It has been Goossen’s first full camp since teaming up with Khan and he promised to “mute” Johnson’s suggestions, even if Team Vargas had the last laugh…