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Photos: Amir Khan Survives Knockdown Scare, Beats Vargas

Amir Khan was given a scare by Samuel Vargas before a unanimous points win in Birmingham on Saturday as his world title bid credentials were questioned. (photos by Lawrence Lustig).

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Khan claimed to have prepared for this bout as if it were a title fight, but few top-class opponents would have been concerned by what they saw from the 31-year-old after a strong start.

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Kell Brook - one potential opponent - was in the crowd to watch as Khan, who had ended his prior fight against Phil Lo Greco within 40 seconds, hit the canvas in the second round.

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Khan lifted himself to get the win, but he was forced to go the distance and faded badly late in the fight, having begun with flurries of punches that harked back to his best form.

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Indeed, the Briton's speed had appeared too much for his opponent early on, knocking Vargas down at the beginning of the second and then pressing on to capitalise on his advantage.

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Vargas was forced back and back as the Colombian's determination to respond and meet Khan head on opened up further opportunities.

But incredibly, with the fight seemingly under control, Vargas delivered on his pre-bout promise that he would find the former world champion's fragile chin, landing a right hand to send Khan crashing down.

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Khan lifted himself to knock Vargas to the floor again in the next round, seemingly with a punch to the back of the head, and a thrilling contest continued with a flurry of punches from both men.

Vargas somehow kept his feet under a series of blows, but Khan appeared to tire and the fight became a slog, with neither man willing to go for broke.

Although the remainder of the rounds played out without further major incident, this was a far from comfortable evening for the victor, who must now mull over his next move.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sparda77 on 09-09-2018

Good ol Khanvas, never fails to dissapoint, lol... war Khaaaanvass!!

Comment by Lomadeaux on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=Lemonhead_Jeff;19083611]Olympic Medalist. Former professional world Champion. Made millions during his career. But he's not cut-out for boxing. lol I wish I was similarly not cut-out for things.[/QUOTE] I know man. These fking kids on this forum kill me. Good post.

Comment by BoxingTech718 on 09-09-2018

[QUOTE=Lemonhead_Jeff;19083611]Olympic Medalist. Former professional world Champion. Made millions during his career. But he's not cut-out for boxing. lol I wish I was similarly not cut-out for things.[/QUOTE] Being an also ran is good in a lot of fields. But having…

Comment by pedro1098 on 09-09-2018

right..i went last night to the fight, khan did ok, his speed combo is is strength,at no point did khan get drew into a punching match,his movement & footwork is very good, you always felt like "if he connects" then…

Comment by Derranged on 09-09-2018

Khan is lucky that the knockdown was at the bell and not early in the round. He might not have made it out. Khan doesn't have the chin for boxing and he should probably quit.

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