Amir Khan looks to catapult towards major titles

August 21, 2018 by Posted in Articles

Amir Khan Samuel Vargas

Convincing win over Vargas will catapult Khan back towards major titles

Amir Khan looks to push himself back into contention for major honours when matched with fellow welterweight Samuel Vargas at the Arena Birmingham on September 8th. Anything other than a convincing win would surely signal the end for a talented fighter who continues to split opinion.

The non-title bout will be decided over 12 rounds and will be Khan’s second outing since being stopped in six rounds by middleweight pound-for-pound king Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas more than two years ago. Despite that extended period of inactivity, Amir finds himself marked as short-price favourite in the latest boxing betting.

There’s not an awful lot for the average punter to get excited about in the fight winner market – Amir Khan 1/20 against the 8/1 for Samuel Vargas – but there’s plenty in the specials to give followers an added interest.

Amir Khan’s professional boxing record now stands at 32 wins and four defeats from 36 contests. 20 of those victories have come inside the distance and that tells the story of a man with plenty of power and incredible hand speed but there’s no getting away from the fact he’s also fragile when coming under fire. His punch resistance has failed the test on more than one occasion during a career stretching back to the summer of 2005.

As well as losing to Canelo in six rounds two years ago in that ill-advised jump up two weight divisions, the Bolton lad was also been cut down by Breidis Prescott – famously inside a round – early in his career and he went no more than four against Danny Garcia.

Despite his achievements in the game, including winning a world title in 2009 with an emphatic points cheer over Andriy Kotelnik, the British public have been quick to remind Khan of past failings anytime he puts a run of form together.

Amir Khan

King Khan may be a short price to win the fight but if you can correctly call the method of victory you’ll be on for a bigger prize. A 21st career KO/TKO is sure to be popular against a man who has already been stopped twice. Khan beat Phil Lo Greco inside a round in his last start. Followers of the stats will remind us four of the 31-year-old’s last five wins have been on the scorecards.

Opponent Samuel Vargas travels from his Canadian base on an impressive five-fight unbeaten run. Since going down to Danny Garcia – stopped in seven in front of a Philadelphia audience in 2016 – he has worked hard on turning around his fortunes. The 5ft 9inch Colombian won three fights on points but was held to a majority draw with Argentinian Mauro Godoy in June of this year.

The scorecards that night read 95-95, 95-95, 96-94 in Samuel’s favour, but the rules meant the bout was settled as a share. Another level finish may appeal to lovers of a price with as big as 50/1 in places.

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