One of the quickest stars in boxing will return to the ring in September, after demolishing Phil Lo Greco in late April. This boxer, of course, is Amir “King” Khan, who is returning to regular competition this year after taking a long layoff during the second half of 2016 and all of 2017.
Khan sat out last year entirely, following his 2016 loss to Canelo Alvarez, but is set to fight for the second time in 2018 after his dominant return. He defeated Lo Greco with a first round TKO, and that victory sets up a bout with Canadian regional star Samuel Vargas. Fans who don’t follow the North American regional boxing scene, however, may not be familiar with Vargas and his game.
Vargas, who was born in Bogota but now resides in Toronto, holds the WBA-NABA welterweight title and most recently defended it with a majority draw. He’s also the top fighter within Lee Baxter Promotions, the Ontario based promotion that recently co-promoted the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack fight that happened in May. Vargas has already fought some top names, with two of his three professional losses coming at the hands of Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr.
Khan already has bigger plans beyond this fight, however. “We’ve tried to get the Manny Pacquiao fight for many years. We are going to force it. Manny Pacquiao or Lucas Matthysse, I’m forcing a position to be a world champion again. Because none of these world champions want to give me a chance so it’s like me forcing my way and becoming the mandatory, beating the guys on the way to those titles,” he told Boxing News.
He also acknowledged, though, that anything could happen in this fight and that Vargas is a threat. “Every fight is a threat. I’m not lying. When Breidis Precott came to the UK he was nowhere near a threat to me. He knocked me out in the first round. Anything in boxing can happen.”
The fight is set to happen on September 8 in Khan’s home country, England, at Arena Birmingham. It will be his second straight fight in England, after a string of fights in the United States.