Samuel Vargas is the big underdog when he faces Amir Khan on September 8 in Birmingham, England, but the Colombian, based in Canada, is confident he’s got the power to send the star fighter to the canvas.
“If I touch him on the chin, he’s going down. That’s a guarantee. I’m sure it’s going to be a hostile territory, but I’ll impose my will on him. He’s an old man. He’s been hurt before and he’s been stopped many times. I just have to land one punch on his chin, left or right hand. His feet will go all over the place and if he’s still there I’ll hit him again and again. It’s there, everyone knows it’s there.”
Vargas (29-3-2, 14 KO) is 29 years old, so a whopping two years younger than the 31-year-old Khan (32-4, 20 KO). Khan has been stopped three times — by Breidis Prescott, Danny Garcia, and Canelo Alvarez. Vargas has been stopped twice — by Garcia and Errol Spence Jr.
In some ways, on paper, there’s not a lot separating them. But we know that Khan is the more talented fighter. Vargas is coming off of a draw with Mauro Maximilian Godoy. He’s been signed up as a stay-busy opponent for Khan, who is hoping to use this fight to springboard back to a major bout, using this one and his 39-second blitz over Phil Lo Greco as proof that he’s “back.”
But Vargas is talking the right game. Khan does have a suspect chin. Whether or not Vargas is good enough to get to it is another story.