Khan: Vargas Bout is Likely Eliminator For Pacquiao-Matthysse

According to British star Amir Khan, his upcoming fight with Samuel Vargas could become a final eliminator for the WBA "regular" world title.

If that happens, and should Khan win, he would be in line for a showdown with the winner of the upcoming bout between WBA "regular" welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse and challenger Manny Pacquiao.

Khan resumed his career back in April, after a two year layoff, and he blew away Phil Lo Greco in less than 40 seconds.

amir-khan (3)_5

The contest with Vargas will take place in Birmingham on September 8, live on Sky Sports.

The showdown between Matthysse and Pacquiao will take place on July 15 (July 14 in the United States) in Malaysia.

"It's going to be amazing to get back in the ring, especially fighting in the UK again," Khan said to Sky Sports.

"I hope this fight lasts longer than my last. The Liverpool fans were amazing for the Lo Greco fight, but I believe Birmingham really can bring something special, these guys make noise.

"This can only take me on to bigger fights, for example, this fight will likely be an eliminator for the WBA title which Matthysse and Pacquiao fight for in July. We will fight the winner of that fight."

Should Khan and Pacquiao both win, it would create a matchup of former sparring partners.

They trained side by side for several years, when Freddie Roach was their mutual trainer.

Khan departed from Roach in 2012 and is currently handled by Joe Goossen, and Pacquiao left Roach earlier this year and is being handled by best friend Buboy Fernandez.

Khan and Pacquiao were scheduled to fight each other in April of last year, but the fight fell apart within weeks of being announced - when the financial backers were unable to show proof of the promised funds. Pacquiao would instead face Jeff Horn - and lose that bout in a huge upset decision in July of the same year.

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

This is not a fight worthy of any level of respect. Khan is taking soft options, he wants to cash out against a faded, war torn Pacman instead of taking on a much more dangerous guy in Brook. Khan is…

Comment by tokon on 06-29-2018

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;18899226]How can this be Eliminator ? Vargas a fridge contender who was stopped a couple years ago by Danny Garcia, one some minor WB a belt but has not thought over then Garcia anyone Rankin the top 15... Khan& his…

Comment by pasawayako on 06-29-2018

This fight is much better than floIV-gregor fight.

Comment by Rip Chudd on 06-29-2018

[QUOTE=SkillspayBills;18899718]Wasn't Vargas already knocked out by Spence and Garcia? How do you become the mandatory to a regular title?[/QUOTE] Dude it's so pathetic now i'm at a loss for words

Comment by Elroy The Great on 06-29-2018

shame this isnt one of the good vargas'.....another mismatch. thanks boxing :wave:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (56)
Top Headlines Hooker Warns: I Can Do Some Real Damage To Saucedo's Career! Spence: People Think Garcia is Crazy - This is a Legacy Fight Photos: Danny Garcia, Figueroa-Molina, Uzcategui-Plant - Presser Photos: Porter-Ugas, Santa Cruz-Flores, Dirrell-Yildirim - Presser Photos: Spence-Garcia, Thurman-Lopez, Quillin-Truax - Presser Mikey Garcia on Spence: This Time Little Guy Beats Bigger Man! Keith Thurman: I'm Back, I Plan on Reclaiming My WBC Belt! Premier Boxing Champions, FOX Sports Reveal 2019 Schedule Peterson-Lipinets, Quillin-Truax To Headline FS1 Shows News: Antonio Vargas, Anvar Yunusov, Jean Carlos Torres Jarrell Miller is Interested in Facing Whyte-Chisora 2 Winner Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart Promise a War on December 14 Spence-Garcia To Be Announced As FOX PPV March 16 Gennady Golovkin is 'No. 1 Choice' For Callum Smith, Says Hearn Pacquiao-Broner Press Conferences Set For Monday, Tuesday Claressa Shields: I Can Go as Low as 154 For Cecilia Braekhus Thurman-Lopez, Garcia-Granados, Santa Cruz-Flores Are Set Boy Jones Jr. vs. Craig Evans For Vacant WBO Euro, Nov. 19 Shawn Porter-Yordenis Ugas Set For March 9 In Las Vegas Joe Smith: If I Land on Beterbiev Like Johnson Did - I'll Finish Him! Kownacki-Washington Set For 1/26 FOX Show From Barclays Holyfield: Two Different Eras, Usyk is The Best of His Time Hearn: Joshua-Usyk Will Be A Massive Fight One Day, Not Now Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew: Afterthoughts Alexander Povetkin Will Have Two More Fights, Then Retire Jay Collins Ready For Debut Under Guidance of Derry Mathews Parker's Promoter: We Want Whyte-Chisora Winner - NOT Usyk Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook: Hearn Aims To Finalize March Date Felix Verdejo's Manager: We'd Like The Winner of Hooker-Saucedo Looking Back a Decade at a Hall of Fame Finale Tyson Fury Tears Apart Deontay Wilder's "Biggest Career Wins" AIBA Submits Reports TO IOC With Olympic Future at Stake Manu Vatuvei vs. Brown Buttabean Set For Parker-Flores Card Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Warns 168: You Are All on Notice - I'm Back! Photos: Maurice Hooker, Alex Saucedo - Open Workouts News: David Papot, Eric Walker, Ievgen Khytrov, More De La Hoya: Mayweather Was Looking For Attention With Rizin Jaron Ennis Motivated By Goal of Unifying Welterweight Division Emmanuel Tagoe Inks Promotional With Lou DiBella Donaire: If I Land My Best Shots, I Believe I Can Stop Zolani Tete

Latest Active Forum Threads