Khan knocked down before points win in Birmingham

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Khan climbed off the floor to beat Samuel Vargas on a unanimous points decision and with 12 rounds under his belt, immediately set his sights on a big name before the end of the year. Both fighters have called each other out since as early as 2013, and Khan stated in May that he would love to finish his career with a victory over his domestic rival.

The scores were 119-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

Fresh off a first round stoppage win over Phil Lo Greco, Khan returned to the ring against the durable Colombian/Canadian at the welterweight limit hoping to make a statement and it once again turned into a classic contest for the man from Bolton. Only seconds of the second round remained when he quickly stood back up after the knockdown, and in the 10th round he was again tagged heavily with a right hand moments before the bell. "If not, we will go back to the drawing board and if it's Kell Brook, it's Kell Brook". They now share the same promoter Eddie Hearn, who tried to make Khan-Brook in 2016 and past year.

'He definitely hasn't got the best chin and he would definitely being staying down there. I'll let him be the A-side because I will put him on his backside, trust me'. Seven years have passed since Khan held two world titles at super-lightweight. As Khan continued to dominate the round, Vargas threw a hard overhand right to drop Khan.

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Boxer Amir Khan in action against Samuel Vargas of Colombia in Arena Birmingham, Britain, September 8, 2018.

After a lengthy layoff and hand surgery, as well as a change of trainers, Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) insisted he was happy with the display despite being floored in the second round, after dropping Vargas earlier in the round, and then also being wobbled in the tenth. And late on, Khan sensibly moved away from trouble, boxing close to the ropes and thrusting himself into sporadic attacks, notably finding his target when a right hand sent Vargas back to the ropes in the ninth.

Colombian Vargas warned Khan he is not ready to face Pacquiao.

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