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Vargas next in line for former world champion Khan

London (AFP) – Britain’s former mild welterweight world champion Amir Khan will battle Colombian Samuel Vargas on September eight as he continues his quest to earn a tilt at successful the welterweight world title.

The 31-year-old will meet Vargas in Birmingham hoping a convincing show will get him a world title battle earlier than the tip of the yr.

Vargas, who relies in Toronto, Canada, is ranked 10 within the WBA division.

Khan fought for first time in nearly two years, and received for the primary time since 2015, when he demolished one other fighter from Toronto, Canadian Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds in April.

“Certainly one of my goals this yr was to be as lively as attainable so I am very blissful to get again within the ring once more so quickly in opposition to Samuel Vargas,” mentioned Khan on the announcement of the bout.

“Vargas is a troublesome and well-schooled fighter who has shared the ring with some high welterweights together with Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr.

Vargas ended up with him on the flawed finish of a knockout in opposition to each Gracia and Spence.

“I’ve to get previous Vargas earlier than wanting on the largest challenges going ahead. I am not going to be taking Vargas flippantly as a result of I do know he will probably be coming with every little thing on September eight.”

Vargas, whose final battle resulted in a draw with Mauro Godoy in February, mentioned he would put up a a lot better efficiency in opposition to the 2004 Olympic silver medallist than Lo Greco had performed.

“I’ve been granted greater than sufficient time to correctly put together for Amir and you will notice one of the best Samuel Vargas thus far,” mentioned Vargas.

“Mark my phrases, we would each be from the identical metropolis and county however I’m nothing like Phil Lo Greco that is a assure -– I’ll give Amir hell,” added the 29-year-old.

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