By Kenny Leavett – Amir Khan is in fighting spirits as he claims he is ready to go to “war” with Samuel Vargas to show the boxing world he is back to his best.
The former world champion makes a return to the welterweight division for the first time in over two years when he takes on the Colombian at Arena Birmingham this Saturday night.
Vargas has made a bold prediction of knocking out an “old man” when he takes on the Bolton fighter, but a return to British soil and under the guidance of respected trainer Joe Goossen, the former two time world champion sees this as the perfect stage to prove he is still a force at 147 lbs.
Khan has been quoted as saying “I want to fight at 147 because I am a welterweight fighter, and I’ve made that clear,”
“147 is the weight I fight at, and I also want to get high in the world rankings, because the world rankings at the moment are confused what weight I am in.
“For 154 [rankings], I fought at 150 twice before – my last two, against ‘Canelo’ and (Phil) Lo Greco – so this is the fight that will show I am a 147 fighter.
“I will be ranked at 147 and I want to see where they put me. I want to win a world title again. There are titles after this one, there are other big fighters out there, but we are taking it one step at a time.”
Khan has just completed his first full training camp under new trainer Joe Goossen, who helped along the careers of hall of famers like Diego Corrales, Shane Mosley and Joel Casamayor.
The 31-year-old had briefly worked with Goossen for a small period ahead of his comeback fight in April, which ended in an emphatic stoppage of Lo Greco in just 39 seconds, but after two months with the American coach and a full camp under his belt, Amir admits he is ready to make Vargas suffer.
Khan went onto say “I have to say he is already one of the hardest trainers I’ve worked with, but in a way I do know that when I fight I will be more than ready,”
“Look at his fighters. They’ve always made weight and they’ve always come in the ring, fit, strong and ready. He believes in my work and I believe in his as well.
“As soon as that bell goes, I know I can go to war. That’s the fighter I am, I just switch on and go for the kill.”
Watch Amir Khan v Samuel Vargas, from the Arena Birmingham, on September 8, live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.