Khan knocked down before points win in Birmingham

Khan knocked down before points win in Birmingham

Colombian-born Vargas, 29, had already been put down himself when he stunned Khan and the capacity crowd.

Khan went on to win by a wide points decision but looked rusty in just his second fight since his May 2016 defeat by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

Amir Khan showed his speed and timing are still there, as well as his vulnerability, in a convincing unanimous decision win over Samuel Vargas on Saturday in Birmingham, England. Thrilling, exciting, but always vulnerable.

But it was not a performance which will give the likes Brook or Manny Pacquiao too many sleepless nights. "I want Manny Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao is my No. 1 pick".

There was pulsating action throughout, both men having moments of success, before scores of 119-108, 119-109 and 118-110 handed Khan a deserved victory as attention turns to who the Bolton star will face next. Khan weighed in right on the 147lb welterweight limit for his fight with Vargas.

The bout was King Khan's second of the year after he returned from a two-year hiatus to beat Phil Lo Greco on April 21.

Khan used to train with Pacquiao, who holds a version of the WBA welterweight title, at Freddie Roach's gym in LA. "Kell wants the fight and I know Amir will fight him".

He said: 'I need to make sure I don't make my old mistakes again and I will make sure it doesn't [happen again].

"The only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao".

It was only Khan's third fight since 2015.

"I want to fight before the end of the year so this was a great warm-up fight for me".

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.

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

Khan was more careful in the 11th, before unleashing fast combinations early in the last round.

Asked if he could have beaten Brook on the night, Khan said: "One hundred per cent".