'Now or never' for Khan and Brook to fight, says promoter Hearn

15 September, 2018, 16:52 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Amir Khan and Samuel Vargas

After his exciting but flawed points win over Samuel Vargas in Birmingham on Saturday, Khan seemed to prefer a clash with faded legend Manny Pacquiao, his former sparring partner. Huge round five for Khan who mercilessly battered Vargas, but things slowed after that.

In his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, Khan was knocked to the floor in the final seconds of the second round.

Khan was back at 147lbs for the first time in three years and put Vargas down twice before going the championship distance and getting the 119-108, 119-108, 118-110 decision.

The fight ignited in the second round as the blurring hand speed of the former light-welterweight title holder sent Vargas to the canvas and at that stage the fight looked as good as over.

"He caught me with a right overhand, right on the button". The rounds in the bank will do no harm but the defensive issues remain and that ensures any fight involving Khan remains must watch.


Hearn will meet Khan, Brook and Pacquiao's handlers in the next fortnight, disclosing that he may even attempt to purvey a two-fight deal with Pacquiao, the eight-weight world champion and serving senator in the Philippines.

"Manny needs to know that I have got other options, I have Kell Brook there as well". Hopefully I get a good win against Vargas, a spectacular win, then hopefully some big fight at the end of the year, Brook, Pacquiao or whoever, the Olympic silver medalist averred. I don't think about those losses, I'm just carrying on with my career, I go every fight a step at a time.

Vargas always felt he had a punchers chance but that was about it to be honest and Khan rightly had his hand raised after a fight which raised as many questions as it did answers for the future of one of the countries most famous fighters.

"I want to fight by the end of the year; 147 pounds is the division". I needed this kind of fight badly and I needed those 12 rounds.

Khan added: "Obviously as a fighter, I'm a businessman too so I will go with whatever is the best fight financially".

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