Amir Khan must fight Kell Brook next says Eddie Hearn

Amir beats Samuel on unanimous points

Khan though, responded in the best of ways after a minute interlude, dropping Vargas once more with a right.This time, he followed up with more caution as the Colombian went into recovery mode. He had not been taken 12 rounds since a points win over Chris Algieri in May 2015.

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.

After the bout, Khan called out Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook.

The Bolton fighter told Starsport last week that he favours a fight with ring legend Pacquiao over British rival Brook.

Khan thereafter boxed more cagily, and could not deliver a knockout blow against a tough opponent who went the distance despite suffering a broken nose.

Brook and Khan have a long and bitter history, with both having previously claimed that they are the biggest name when it comes to the welterweight division - both domestically and internationally.

Former IBF welterweight champion Brook, 32, who fought last as junior-middleweight after two knockout defeats and two broken eye sockets, share the same promoter Hearn, who tried to make Khan-Brook in 2016 and a year ago. Vargas was knocked down again in round three after a punch on top of the head.

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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 is Manny Pacquiao".

"There were times in the fight when I wanted to put him (Vargas) away, there were times when I could have pushed it and knocked him out", he added. But Khan replied with a quick flurry and the Briton seemed in control, but at the same time vulnerable.

History is pitted with great "fights" that never happen.

The fight ignited in the second round as the blurring hand speed of the former light-welterweight title holder sent Vargas to the canvas and at that stage the fight looked as good as over.

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.

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