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September 08, 2018

By Scott Shaffer

Amir Khan W12 Samuel Vargas... In Birmingham, England, former 140-pound champion Amir Khan beat a tough but limited opponent easily, but was knocked down in the process and showed weaknesses that world-class opposition would surely exploit.  Khan defeated Canadian-based Colombian Samuel Vargas by unanimous decision. Official scores were very wide for Khan, but based on this performance, Khan would be an underdog against former champions Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook and a big longshot against any reigning welterweight champion.  By way of comparison, Vargas was stopped by both IBF champion Errol Spence and Danny Garcia, a former two-division champ (who fights for the WBC welterweight title tonight).

Khan (33-4) and Vargas (29-4-2) traded knockdowns in round two. Khan scored the first one, and looked to be on the verge of ending the fight quickly. Vargas held on for dear life, and was bleeding from his nose, but his head cleared before the round ended. Khan lost focus and, still in the second round, Vargas began landing some body shots and then caught Khan with a wild overhand right that floored the former champion right at the bell. Khan started round three cautiously, but landed a punch too the back of Vargas' head that counted as Khan's second knockdown. Khan dominated round five, likely breaking Vargas' nose in the process. Vargas kept coming forward, however, and did well in the sixth round, as Khan took a breather from time to time. As the rounds wore on, Khan moved around a lot, but his offensive output dropped precipitously. At the end of round ten, Khan amateurishly dropped his guard and was wobbled by a Vargas punch. The eleventh round belonged to Vargas. source: dazn facebook page

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