Pakistan-origin British Boxer Amir Khan has won the welterweight world title beating Samuel Vargas of Colombia in Birmingham on Saturday night, Radio Pakistan reported.
Amir Khan has made a career out of entertaining fights and that certainly continued tonight as the 31-year-old clashed with Samuel Vargas in an exciting bout in Birmingham. Thrilling, exciting, but always vulnerable.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has warned it is "now or never" if long-time rivals Amir Khan and Kell Brook are to finally settle their differences in a domestic super-fight.
Khan has also questioned whether Brook would be able to drop down in weight to fight him. It was his first bout since May 2016 when he faced then WBC middleweight world titleholder Canelo Alvarez in an ill-advised 155-pound catchweight fight, where Alvarez put him to sleep with a brutal overhand right in six rounds.
There was more drama in the third: Vargas was harshly given a count after he was caught by a cuffing right hand to the back of the head which sent him tumbling onto his back for the second time.
The Bolton welterweight, in his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, was knocked to the floor in the final moments of the second round. Garcia and Spence have both stopped Vargas, who Khan found tougher than expected. It was his first fight in almost two years since an injury. "He is an fantastic, wonderful boxer, so who wants to see Manny Pacquiao?" Khan looked very fast and strong early.
From there, Khan used his jab and quick combinations on the inside to outbox Vargas, who was bleeding heavily from the nose.
Hearn believes the Pacquiao and Brook fights will generate similar figures but revealed Khan will earn more for facing his fellow Brit because the Sheffield star will accept less than a 50/50 split.
But the elephant in the room, Khan's fragile chin, let him down right at the end of round two as a long-range right hook left him on his backside. Although Khan showed heart, there was little on show to concern Brook.