Goossen to Make Assessment of Khan's Next Fight after Vargas

By Steve Kim

This weekend, former world champion Amir Khan makes his second start under the tutelage of trainer, Joe Goossen, as he faces Samuel Vargas in Birmingham.

Khan (32-4, 20 KOs) returned to the ring back in April, and blew away Phil Lo Greoc in 39 seconds of the very first round.

Should Khan put forth a dominant outing this Saturday, he just might be ready to step up his level of competition.

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"I'll probably make that assessment after the fight,"said Goossen, a couple of weeks ago at his Ten Goose Gym in Van Nuys, California, before his days work with Khan.

"Knowing how we've trained and what he's put into this, with the drills and the skills he possesses and the running we've done, the calisthenics, the fitness program, everything involved leads me to a very positive conclusion of where we're going to be after this fight.

"That being said, yes, I believe these two fights would enable him to step up his opponents if they're presented to us."

After a long-time union with Virgil Hunter, Khan was in need of a trainer after Hunter fell ill.

Several weeks before his scheduled bout with Lo Greco in April, he dialed up Goossen and the two quickly meshed. Khan stopped LeGreco in one round and now he faces Vargas.

There is talk that Khan is in the running to face WBA "regular" welterweight champion and former sparring partner Manny Pacquiao in the winter and there is chatter about a showdown with his long time nemesis, former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.

Goossen makes it clear that he's only the trainer but added,"with the way I believe it's going to go, yeah, he'd be ready to take on anybody at the top."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ceylon mooney on 09-04-2018

danny garcia rematch or crawford. crawford matchup would be damn good.

Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 09-04-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19071403]I think Khan is a good opponent for anyone at WW...besides Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr.![/QUOTE] Lmao yeah right. Danny Garcia already beat him Porter would too. He won’t fight Brook so we’ll never know

Comment by AdonisCreed on 09-04-2018

So I'm ready to hear the announcement for the Berto-Khan WBC title eliminator after the fight lol

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-04-2018

I think Khan is a good opponent for anyone at WW...besides Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr.!

Comment by Jab jab boom on 09-04-2018

Don't get excited everyone. It's gonna be khan vs berto in a battle of former hype jobs who fizzled out faster than a khan vs Prescott fight.

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