Bring on Pacquiao, says Amir

Amir Khan ring girls

Amir Khan ring girls

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.

After a raucous reception greeted Khan on his way to the ring, the speedster quickly got into his groove, an eye-catching flurry kicking off proceedings in a lively opener. Thrilling, exciting, but always vulnerable.

Moreover, British rival Kell Brook was also ringside, itching to get his arch foe to sign to fight in December.

Khan had to climb off the canvas before comfortably beating the game, but limited, Vargas in Birmingham. And late on, Khan sensibly moved away from trouble, boxing close to the ropes and thrusting himself into sporadic attacks, notably finding his target when a right hand sent Vargas back to the ropes in the ninth.

Khan looked sharp in the early stages, with his famed hand speed coming to the fore as he dropped Vargas with a straight right in the second round.

Former IBF welterweight champion Brook, 32, who fought last as junior-middleweight after two knockout defeats and two broken eye sockets, share the same promoter Hearn, who tried to make Khan-Brook in 2016 and previous year. Garcia and Spence have both stopped Vargas, who Khan found tougher than expected.

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"I want to fight by the end of the year; 147 pounds is the division. Kell wants the fight and I know Amir will fight him".

To his credit, Khan settled back down in the third round to score another knockdown of his own as the thrills and spills continued to come through the first half of the bout. I needed this kind of fight badly and I needed those 12 rounds.

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. Khan staggered backward but was saved by the bell once again.

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

And if he's messed with Brook's head, just that little bit more, that's two missions accomplished in one night.

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