Amir Khan defeats Samuel Vargus in Birmingham

Amir Khan and Samuel Vargas

Colombian-born Vargas had already been put down himself when he stunned Khan and the capacity crowd and with Brook watching at ringside, Khan recovered and floored Vargas again before eventually running out unanimous points victor.

Amir Khan survived a second-round knockdown to maintain momentum in his comeback to the sport with a unanimous points win over Samuel Vargas. Thrilling, exciting, but always vulnerable.

Johnny Nelson has predicted a win for Amir Khan in a potential super fight between himself and fellow British former world champion Kell Brook.

Khan has also questioned whether Brook would be able to drop down in weight to fight him. 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.

Khan added: "He caught me with an overhand right hand, right on the button, I got back up and I was fine".

Toronto-based Vargas - who now has four defeats in 35 bouts - was undoubtedly more game, but he was visibly thrown by Khan's hand speed early on.

The Bolton welterweight, in his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, said: "The only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao".

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Khan used to train with Pacquiao, who holds a version of the WBA welterweight title, at Freddie Roach's gym in LA. I've not got beat by dummies.

"I know guys and fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao who were winning world titles numerous times when they were a lot older than me".

First he must overcome outsider Samuel Vargas in Birmingham tonight but then it is on to a much bigger fight in December.

In the fifth, the Briton came close to stopping Vargas after landing a sustained attack of clubbing hooks which left Vargas' face streaked in blood. It was his first fight in almost two years since an injury. Khan looked very fast and strong early.

But Filipino veteran Pacquiao is demanding more than £10m to travel to the United Kingdom to face the former world light-welterweight champion.

He was up quickly but was immediately sent staggering backwards again amid more lightning Khan combinations.

Asked if he could have beaten Brook on the night, Khan said: "One hundred per cent".

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