Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Amir Khan to Fight Samuel Vargas on September 8 in Birmingham

By Keith Idec

The second fight of Amir Khan’s comeback figures to last longer than the first, but it doesn’t appear all that threatening, either.

Promoter Eddie Hearn announced at a press conference Thursday in Birmingham, England, that Khan will face Samuel Vargas on September 8 at Arena Birmingham. Vargas, 29, is 4-0-1 since Danny Garcia knocked him out in the seventh round of their November 2016 fight in Philadelphia.

“One of my aims this year was to be as active as possible,” Khan said, “so I am very happy to get back in the ring so soon against Samuel Vargas. Vargas is a tough and well-schooled fighter who has shared the ring with some top welterweights, including Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr.”

amir-khan (10)_5

Spence stopped Vargas (29-3-2, 14 KOs) in the fourth round of their April 2015 bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Vargas, who resides in Toronto, also lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Mexico’s Pablo Munguia (21-12, 12 KOs) in December 2013.

The 31-year-old Khan, of Bolton, England, needed only 39 seconds to knock out Toronto’s Phil Lo Greco on April 21 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The former 140-pound champion’s easy victory over Lo Greco (28-4, 15 KOs) came in his first fight since Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) knocked Khan unconscious in the sixth round of their WBC middleweight title fight in May 2016 in Las Vegas.

It also marked the start of Khan’s three-fight contract with Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports. That agreement could conclude with a long-awaited domestic showdown with Sheffield’s Kell Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) either late this year or early in 2019.

Brook, a former IBF welterweight champ who now competes in the 154-pound division, is scheduled to battle Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KOs) on July 28 at O2 Arena in London.

“I have to get past Vargas before looking at the biggest challenges going forward,” Khan said. “I’m not going to be taking Vargas lightly because I know he will be coming with everything on September 8. I hope to give the fans in Birmingham the same excitement and fireworks as my last fight. It will be one not to miss.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DRBarnes75 on 06-29-2018

I'll never understand boxing's infatuation with this guy. Amir Khan fights a bunch of nobodies and then gets another shot at a big name. Other than Marcos Maidana (and that was closer than people think on Maidana's way up), has…

Comment by Elroy The Great on 06-29-2018

i like cons approach on his road to retirement....beat up the drecks of the div, then lose spectacularly vs top guys :fing02:

Comment by Rip Chudd on 06-28-2018

Is Khan on a mission to keep fighting fighters that Errol Spence has already knocked out? First Lo Greco and now this!?

Comment by Sid-Knee on 06-28-2018

[QUOTE=FLY TY;18899957]Wilder just tried to make the biggest fight in the HW division in the last 20 years, and offered the biggest guarantee in HW history to try to get it done. Hearn and AJ need more time.. for what?…

Comment by FLY TY on 06-28-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18899814]You're a fan of Deontay Wilder, so you can't talk. His whole career has been sh*t fights like this one. And he wasn't even out for 2 years. So you need to hold the L's.[/QUOTE] Wilder just tried to make…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (52)
Top Headlines Katie Taylor Dominates Eva Wahlstrom, Retains World Titles Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding: Stats & Stakes Sven Fornling Shocks Karo Murat, Wins Decision in Dramatic Fight Canelo-Fielding Undercard Results From Madison Square Garden Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding - CompuBox Historical Review Joshua: Wilder Fight Has To Happen, We Are From Same Era! Diego Ramirez Drops, Stops Bradley Skeete In Brentwood Monroe's VADA Test Threatens Charlo Fight, Korobov Could Step In Sunny Edwards Gets Off Floor To Outpoint Junior Granados Juergen Braehmer Returns With Easy TKO of Nieves in Five Christian Hammer Breaks Down, Stops Michael Wallisch in Fifth Sadam Ali vs. Mauricio Herrera - CompuBox Historical Review Fielding: I'm Daring To Be Great With a Pound for Pound Fighter Shohjahon Ergashev Demolishes Ruiz in One Round Junior Fa Feels Ready For Parker, Giovanni De Carolis Wins Big Rocky Fielding: I Can't Think About Judging Of Canelo Fight Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Edges Jesse Hart To Retain WBO Title Canelo Calls Small Scab Under Right Eye 'Just A Little Scratch' Lemieux: Fielding Not Dangerous; Won't Last Once Canelo Connects Canelo Open To Moving Back Up To 168 Pounds For Right Fights Daily Bread Mailbag: Lomachenko-Davis, Wilder-Fury, More Frank Warren: Billy Joe Saunders is Inspired By Tyson Fury Sunny Edwards Already Plotting Future World Title Hunt Joseph Parker Back in Force, Crushes Alexander Flores in Three Amir Khan: I Give Fielding No Chance, Canelo is a Beast Canelo's Promoter: Jacobs, Golovkin Have To Get in Line Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future Gilberto Ramirez: I'll Go To 175, I'm Ready To Challenge Gvozdyk News: Raeese Aleem, Abraham Nova, Peres-Daniels Rematch Gilberto Ramirez Retains, Majority Nod Over Jesse Hart Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gervonta Davis vs. Abner Mares Heads To San Diego, Feb. 9 Fielding: Canelo is a Big Challenge - But One I Look Forward To Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart - LIVE Results From Texas Hearn: If Wilder Doesn't Want Joshua - Nothing We Can Do Samuel Clarkson vs. Ryad Merhy in Charleroi, Belgium David Benavidez Back in Action on Spence vs. Garcia Card De La Hoya: I Built Golden Boy, White Had Fertittas To Build UFC Canelo: I'll Return To 160, But We Can Do Fights Between 160-168 Photos: Katie Taylor, Eva Wahlstrom - On Point For Showdown
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement