By Ryan Burton
Former champions Amir Khan (32-4, 20 KOs) and Jessie Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) were both in action on April 21st.
Khan, in the first of a three fight deal with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, destroyed the badly overmatched Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The fight was Khan's first since his wicked knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez in May, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It also was his first fight in the UK since his unanimous decision victory over Julio Diaz in 2013.
Vargas fought to a majority draw in an exciting battle against Adrien Broner that took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Vargas built an early lead but Broner came on in the middle rounds to secure the controversial draw.
There has been talk of an immediate rematch between Vargas and Broner but an agreement has not been reached as of yet.
The 31-year-old Khan has been linked to a huge domestic fight against bitter rival Kell Brook but the former unified super lightweight champion stated in an article that ran recently on BoxingScene.com that he would like to face Broner or Vargas before fighting Brook at the end of the year.
"I want a bigger step-up. It's hard to say name-wise who I could face. Broner. I would like to fight Broner next if I could. Broner would be good, Vargas would be good. I would school him. He's not at my level. I would destroy him," Khan said to Sky Sports.
When asked for his reaction to Khan's comments, Vargas said that he would be very interested in the fight but isn't so sure that Khan is really that eager to fight him.
"He shouldn’t mention my name unless he’s serious about fighting. If he really wants to fight we can make the fight happen in September. I’m about serious business!" Vargas told BoxingScene.com.
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