Amir Khan survives knockdown to beat Samuel Vargas

The 32-year-old Brook wants to fight his fellow Briton at the end of this year

Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to continue his comeback with a points win over Samuel Vargas in Birmingham.

He said: 'I need to make sure I don't make my old mistakes again and I will make sure it doesn't [happen again]. Both fighters have called each other out since as early as 2013, and Khan stated in May that he would love to finish his career with a victory over his domestic rival. He maintained control late on for a 119-108 119-109 118-110 victory. "I want him. He is my number one pick".

The fight started off very well in Khan as the former world champion quickly dropped Vargas towards the start of the second round. Brook responded: "He hasn't got the greatest chin". I'll let him be the A-side because I will put him on his backside, trust me'.

Khan has not held a world title since 2012.

Khan managed to overcome his opponent in all 12 rounds of the game, with the decision of his win made on points. Since then, he has suffered a brutal knockdown at the hands of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, spent time in the jungle on a reality TV series and then outclassed Lo Greco.

"King" Khan again showed his blistering hand-speed, twice dropping his Colombian counterpart, but he also showed worrying signs of fragility when a huge right hand dropped him at the end of the second round.

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.

Khan locks horns with Samuel Vargas in Birmingham tonight.

"When it was first announced, I actually thought that Khan would beat Kell" Nelson told iFL TV.

Whether the fight would actually be at welterweight is another potential stumbling block, however. Newcastle's unbeaten lightweight Lewis Ritson continued his preparation for a European title shot in his home city against Francesco Pantera on 13 October with an early stoppage of Oscar Amador.

Jason Welborn won an enthralling rematch with fellow Midlands fighter Tommy Langford to defend his British middleweight title in a split-decision on the cards.

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