Amir Khan has warned his opponent Samuel Vargas that he will “outclass him” on Saturday as he sets his sights on a big future fight. The 31-year-old former unified light-welterweight world champion will continue his comeback with a welterweight showdown against the 29-year-old at the Birmingham Arena on Saturday night.
Khan destroyed Canadian Phil Lo Greco inside 39 seconds in his first bout for almost two years in April and is expecting a tougher assignment against Vargas, who is on a five-fight unbeaten run.
However, with the British fighter targeting a December mega-fight against the likes of Kell Brook or Manny Pacquiao, he is determined to make a statement against Vargas after the Colombian’s trainer Chris Johnson questioned his ability to take a punch.
Khan told Sky Sports News: “I was going to say to him that after this fight, I’d like him to see what he can do with his own fighter really in Vargas, because I know that I’m going to hurt him in this fight, and I’m going to put on a good performance and I’m going to outclass him.
“Maybe those words that he said about me, I think he could use for his own fighter.
“Obviously I’ve been knocked out in the professional game before. They are going to talk about me, they are going to talk about my old previous fights. I’m a totally different fighter from there. I’ve got a new trainer, I’ve changed my way of living, I’ve changed how I treat boxing now.
“I’m going to be ready for whatever Vargas and his team bring to the table. They are going to start playing mind games, try putting me down, try making me think negatively, but to be honest with you, I’ve been through these press conferences many times before.”