Authorization

Amir Khan scores unanimous points win over Samuel Vargas in Birmingham

Amir Khan scores unanimous points win over Samuel Vargas in Birmingham

Khan injured Vargas' nose early in the boutAmir Khan survived a second-round knockdown to maintain momentum in his comeback to the sport with a unanimous points win over Samuel Vargas.The Briton, 31, floored his Colombian-born rival with a straight right in the second round but took an overhand right moments later to touch down.The bell arrived to save Khan, who scored another knockdown in the third before the pace gradually slowed.
He maintained control to earn a 119-108 119-109 118-110 victory.
How Khan beat Vargas
'I want Manny over Kell'
[img]http://www.bbc.co.uk/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP//yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7[/img]

Khan quickly got back to his feet after being put down in round twoAfter his 39-second demolition of Phil Lo Greco in April, this proved a far stiffer test for Khan, who showed his trademark hand speed early on. But, as has been the case in the past, the vulnerability of his chin remains a question mark.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.This is his second bout since his 23-month break from the sport, and it was watched closely at ringside by Kell Brook, who remains keen on facing Khan and says he will drop down to the 147lbs welterweight division to secure it."The only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao," Khan said after the fight. "I want him. He is my number one pick. If not, we go back to the drawing board and if it's Kell Brook it's Kell Brook."Eddie Hearn - who promotes both Brook and Khan - said the domestic bout between his fighters "has to happen next or it never will".Brook responded: "He hasn't got the greatest chin. I wouldn't have let him off the hook and he would have stayed on the floor."
Khan has little time for improvement
[img]http://www.bbc.co.uk/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP//yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7[/img]

Khan overwhelmed Vargas early in the second roundSeven years have passed since Khan held two world titles at super-lightweight. He had not been taken 12 rounds since a points win over Chris Algieri in May 2015. Since then, he has suffered a brutal knockdown at the hands of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, spent time in the jungle on a reality TV series and then outclassed Lo Greco.Toronto-based Vargas - who now has four defeats in 35 bouts - was undoubtedly more game, but he was visibly thrown by Khan's hand speed early on and repeatedly ducked after throwing shots, making himself a static target.Khan - working with trainer Joe Goossen for the second time - seemed to engage with more caution after the third round, when Vargas, 29, protested that his second knockdown of the night came after he was hit on the back of the head.And late on, Khan sensibly moved away from trouble consistently, 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.The victory may have afforded Khan valuable ring time, but Goossen will surely look to bolster his defence before any meeting with Brook or Pacquiao.Both would again be significant steps up in class, and with Khan saying he hopes to compete again this year, the time for improvements on this comeback trail is short.
See also:
Leave a comment
News
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Июль 2019    »
ПнВтСрЧтПтСбВс
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031