The Bolton man called out Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook after his second comeback fight
Amir Khan recovered from a second-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Samuel Vargas on Saturday, live on talkSPORT.
The 31-year-old dropped his opponent two times, but was also put down himself en-route to a second comeback victory.
Khan started the first two rounds with a display of his famous speed.
He proved too much for Vargas early on and put him down with a lightening-fast one-two at the start of a dramatic second round.
However, one minute later, the Bolton man found himself on the end of a huge right hand which stunned the Arena Birmingham and evened up the knockdown count.
Amir Khan began the third with renewed vigour, desperate to make amends after being put on the canvas.
He relentlessly pursued his Colombian opponent once again, this time dropping him with a shot which arguably struck him on the back of the head as their firefight continued.
In the fourth and fifth, the Brit kept up his domination and appeared to be on the verge of a stoppage as he pummeled Samuel Vargas with referee Terry O’Connor watching very closely.
Vargas did well to survive this period and put in a solid shift in the second half of the contest after weathering the home fighter’s early storm.
The latter stages of the fight saw Amir Khan making hard work of things. He had to endure pressure from his opponent in the tenth and even had a second ‘wobbly-legs’ moment after taking another right hand.
The bell rang at the perfect time for him to conclude the session.
Khan got the job done and saw out the final rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory with scores of 119-108, 119-109 and 118-110.
“I really wanted to go the distance,” he said in his post-fight interview, “It’s been over three years since I last went 12 rounds.
“He caught me with an overhand right, right on the button. I got back up and I was fine. This is boxing.”
When asked about what’s next, Amir Khan declared: “Bring on who you want, Manny Pacquiao is an amazing name in boxing. I want the biggest fights and that’s where I belong man. I want to fight again at the end of the year.”
“We want the [Kell Brook] fight… there’s a massive demand. I want Manny Pacquiao, he’s my number one pick.”
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Promoter Eddie Hearn once again made his feelings known about the possibility of Amir Khan v Kell Brook: “It has to happen next or it will never happen. It’s now or never.”
Meanwhile Kell Brook gave his thoughts from ringside, adding: “I thought it was a good fight.
“He hasn’t got the greatest chin and I definitely wouldn’t have let him off, he would’ve been staying down there.”
Earlier in the night Sam Eggington was stunned in a knockout upset loss to unknown Tanzanian Hassan Mwakino.
Also on the undercard, Jason Welborn retained his British title by split decision in a thrilling rematch with Tommy Langford and Lewis Ritson won a tune-up bout by third-round stoppage.