'Now or never' for Khan and Brook to fight, says promoter Hearn

'Now or never' for Khan and Brook to fight, says promoter Hearn

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.

Former world champion Amir "King" Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Samuel Vargas (29-4, 14 KOs) in a welterweight clash at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England.

The 31-year-old told Sky Sports: "What I really wanted to do was go the distance". And maybe, now, Kell Brook v Amir Khan.

"He caught me with a right overhand, right on the button".

The Bolton welterweight, in his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, was knocked to the floor in the final moments of the second round.

"I know guys and fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao who were winning world titles numerous times when they were a lot older than me".

Khan used to train with Pacquiao, who holds a version of the WBA welterweight title, at Freddie Roach's gym in LA.

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This was a lot more hard than the 39-second demolition job on Phil Lo Greco five months ago in another step back before a big fight after being knocked cold by Saul Alvarez in May 2015. I've not got beat by dummies. But Khan replied with a quick flurry and the Briton seemed in control, but at the same time vulnerable. Both fighters have called each other out since as early as 2013, and Khan stated in May that he would love to finish his career with a victory over his domestic rival.

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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.

He was up quickly but was immediately sent staggering backwards again amid more lightning Khan combinations.

But the elephant in the room, Khan's fragile chin, let him down right at the end of round two as a long-range right hook left him on his backside.

He added: "It could be one year, two, five or six".

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

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