Amir Khan has officially lined himself up for a massive fight after putting together a dominant performance and scoring a wide unanimous decision over Samuel Vargas at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England, on Saturday.

It wouldn’t be a Khan fight without a little bit of drama, though, as the Brit had to pull himself off the canvas in the second round.

The fight, which was streamed on DAZN’s Facebook page, showed Khan’s speed and technical advantages to be too much for the lumbering Vargas (29-4) to handle. Khan started off fast and repeatedly beat Vargas to the punch. In the second round, Khan launched a vicious combination and sank his opponent with a right hand; however, in true Khan fashion, he left himself open.

With seconds to go in the round, Khan pressed forward but found himself on the wrong side of an overhand right hand that dropped him. Fortunately for him, the round was over and Khan was able to get his bearings back between rounds. Khan scored yet another knockdown in the third with a right hand that seemingly caught Vargas on the back of the head.

Although he Khan well ahead, Vargas proved to be a game opponent who refused to wilt under the pressure. As the rounds went on, Khan took his foot off the gas and opted to fight a little smarter without putting himself at risk.

Khan fought in bursts and landed seemingly at will as Vargas simply pressed forward and hoped to land another Hail Mary power shot. He nearly caught Khan asleep at the wheel in the 10th when a right hand stunned Khan. Nevertheless, the former unified junior welterweight champion shook it off.

Amir Khan
Amir Khan
In the end, it was a one-sided performance by Khan with judges’ scores of 119-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

“I really wanted to go the distance,” Khan (33-4) said afterward. “It’s been three years since I went 12 rounds. There were times I could have put him away, but I picked my shots. I could have knocked him out, but I want to get the rounds if I want to move up and take on the likes of Kell Brook and Manny Pacquiao.”

Many fans want to see Khan take on fellow Englishman Brook in what would be a massive fight, but Khan has his sights set on Pacquiao.

“There’s a massive demand but the only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao. That’s my No. 1,” he said.

Matchroom Boxing CEO Eddie Hearn said he would weigh the options with Khan, but he also made it clear that a Khan vs. Brook fight is “now or never.” Regardless, there appears to still be a vested interest in Khan and whoever he fights next is sure to be a major league clash.

Source: SN