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Vargas vows: I'm going to make it hellish for Khan.

Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY mail.sport@birminghammail.co.uk

Vargas, the Colombian-born, Canadian-based slugger, has warned Birmingham fans to prepare for an upset when he meets Amir Khan tonight.

The pair clash in the bill-topper of a sizzling, Sky televised show at Arena Birmingham - a bill brimming with local talent.

For 31-year-old Khan, the South American represents a potential banana skin on the comeback trail.

Bolton's former world lightwelterweight champ - a man with strong family connections to Birmingham - returned in April after a near two-year break from boxing. Hapless Phil Lo Greco, who also fights out of Canada, lasted only seconds.

Vargas, with only three defeats in 34 contests, is a far more dangerous proposition.

After a flirtation with reality TV and an appearance in I'm A Celebrity, 29-year-old Vargas is set to welcome Amir to the jungle of top-flight, professional boxing.

And he's talking a good fight. He said: "I have been granted more than enough time to properly prepare for Amir and you will see the best Samuel Vargas to date. Mark my words, we might both be from the same city and county but I am nothing like Phil Lo Greco that's a guarantee - I'm going to give Amir hell."

He has vowed to knock out the "old man".

I fear, Vargas will find there's still plenty of life in the old dog. Khan still has razor-sharp reflexes, he still hits hard.

Yes, Vargas, has mixed in good company, but been found wanting against the very best in the business. Danny Garcia stopped him in 2016 and Errol Spence Jnr also scored an inside distance win.

Mark my might both same city but I am Phil Lo Greco a Samuel He seems the ideal opponent for Khan.

Amir told Sky Sports: "As soon as that bell goes, I know I can go to war. That's the fighter I am, I just switch on and go for the kill.

"I want to fight at 147 because I am a welterweight fighter, and I've made that clear. 147 is the weight I fight at, and I also want to get high in the world rankings, because the world rankings at the moment are confused what weight I am in."

He told Thursday's press conference: "I still feel strong, I was running against the young 23-year-olds (in training camp), then sparring against 25-yearolds who are at the peak of their career - and I was out-boxing them. I was doing so well, so I was thinking to myself 'age is just a number for me'. I work harder than most young fighters.

words, we be from the and county nothing like that's guarantee.

"My work rate was a lot harder than theirs, and this was against young upand-coming fighters who, I believe, will become world champions. I really feel young, explosive and strong." Khan's good for the game. He brings excitement and drama. The fact he's not blessed with the sturdiest chin adds an element of risk.

Vargas He should have too much for rugged Vargas, but one solid smack on the whiskers could provide Arena Birmingham with one of the year's big upsets.

Amir Khan and, inset, Samuel Vargas in the Bullring earlier this week to promote their fight Sport

mixed work young Mark my words, we might both be from the same city and county but I am nothing like Phil Lo Greco that's a guarantee.

Samuel Vargas

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