Pakistan-origin British Boxer Amir Khan has won the welterweight world title beating Samuel Vargas of Colombia in Birmingham on Saturday night, Radio Pakistan reported. "There were a couple of times when I could have stopped him and I kind of stepped off him", he said. I want Manny Pacquiao first.
But it was not a performance which will give the likes Brook or Manny Pacquiao too many sleepless nights. Kell wants the fight and I know Amir will fight him'.
Khan, who became Britain's youngest Olympic medallist in 2004 at the age of 17, said: "My next fight after this will be for the world title; the fight against Vargas is an interim fight before that so basically this fight is the one before the world title fight".
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Colombian Vargas (29-4-2, 14 KOs), 29, who is based in Canada, began looking defensively sound, and it was soon clear this was not going to be another wipe out like Lo Greco.
The second round was only 20 seconds old when Vargas hit the canvas, sent on his way by a fearsome left jab.
Khan managed to widen the points gap though with his own blistering hand speed, but was rocked again late in the fight.
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It was absorbing and typical Khan; you could not take your eyes off the action for fear of missing a knockdown.
Khan far from dominated the seventh, and he was not so energized in the eighth round, carefully pacing himself and launching fewer attacks than he did in the earlier rounds.
But Khan's work rate dipped in the tenth, allowing Vargas to land more punches and finished the round by landing a solid right hook on Khan's chin which turned his legs to jelly.
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He was up quickly but was immediately sent staggering backwards again amid more lightning Khan combinations.