Former World Champion Amir “King” Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) kept his big fight hopes in tact with a unanimous decision win over Samuel Vargas (29-4, 14 KOs) at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England.
Khan had to get off the canvas to do so after starting the brighter of the two, Khan dropped Vargas in the second, looking levels above the American until suddenly Vargas found an opening for a big right hand that floored Khan, a sight which is now common in his fights.
Unfortunately for Vargas there was only seconds remaining of the round, not enough time to score the upset and shortly normal order was resumed in the third, Khan dropping Vargas again from a punch to the top of his head.
Khan had a big fifth in which he dished out punishing shots for the remainder, but thereafter the action slowed as the judging at ringside rendered scores at the end of the twelve rounds of 119-108, 119-109, 118-110.
Talk inevitable turned to the question of who’s next? With talk of either former stablemate and legendary figure Manny Pacquiao or former world champion and long time nemesis Kell Brook in line for a date believed to be December.
“I need to go back to the drawing board and improve myself. I’d love to fight Kell Brook. I’ll sit down with Eddie Hearn and if it makes sense financially, I want the fight. I respect Kell.”