Khan looking beyond Vargas

07 September 2018 04:37:29 EST

Amir Khan claims he is in "touching distance" of another big fight and he aims to outclass Samuel Vargas on Saturday night to secure one.

The 31-year-old British boxer will go head-to-head with the Colombian at the Birmingham Arena in his second fight following a near two-year absence from the ring.

Vargas should provide a sterner test than Canadian Phil Lo Greco did when Khan defeated him inside 39 seconds of their April bout, but the former unified light-welterweight world champion is looking for another stoppage outcome.

The Colombian welterweight is on a five-fight unbeaten run at the moment and his trainer Chris Johnson questioned Khan's ability to take a punch in the build up to the fight.

However, Khan is looking to give Vargas' chin a good test as he looks for a comprehensive win to help push him towards a "mega-fight" against either Kell Brook or Manny Pacquiao in December.

He told Sky Sports News: "I was going to say to him that after this fight, I'd like him to see what he can do with his own fighter really in Vargas, because I know that I'm going to hurt him in this fight, and I'm going to put on a good performance and I'm going to outclass him.

"Maybe those words that he said about me, I think he could use for his own fighter.

"Obviously I've been knocked out in the professional game before. They are going to talk about me, they are going to talk about my old previous fights. I'm a totally different fighter from there. I've got a new trainer, I've changed my way of living, I've changed how I treat boxing now.

I know that I'm going to hurt him in this fight, and I'm going to put on a good performance and I'm going to outclass him.

Amir Khan

"I'm going to be ready for whatever Vargas and his team bring to the table. They are going to start playing mind games, try putting me down, try making me think negatively, but to be honest with you, I've been through these press conferences many times before."

Khan added: "I'm in touching distance of it, from that big mega fight. You've got talks of Manny Pacquiao, you've got talks of Kell Brook.

"There are some big fighters out there, and these fights are 147lbs fighters, which I am also, and they want to come down to 147."

Khan is 1/33 to win the fight, 1/3 via a stoppage, while Vargas is 10/1 to inflict a damaging defeat on the British fighter.

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