Feature | Jun 28 2018

Who is Samuel Vargas?

Who is Samuel Vargas? David Wainwright unearths a reason to wonder whether Amir Khan's next opponent will indeed be any better than Phil Lo Greco
Who is Samuel Vargas
Amir Khan Press Conference  |  Action Images/Craig Brough

‘WHO is Samuel Vargas?’ is the question on the lips of Amir Khan fans this afternoon, following the announcement he’s “King” Khan’s next opponent on the comeback trail. Fans who went home happy with Khan’s 39 second destruction of Phil Lo Greco last time out in Liverpool, may not be quite so forgiving this time if Khan-Vargas is similarly brief at the Arena Birmingham on September 8.

Looking at Boxrec we know that the Canada-based Columbian is ranked first out of 22 in his own country and has a world ranking of 46. Khan and Matchroom will claim that he’s a better class of opponent than Lo Greco whose world ranking of 110 would back this up.

Vargas comes into this fight with a decent record of 29-3-2 (14) with a majority draw battle over 10 rounds with Argentinian Mauro Maximiliano Godoy (30-3-1) last time out for the WBA-NABA welterweight title, which itself would indicate that he is a worthy opponent for the Bolton man. It’s only when you scrutinise his three defeats, we begin to have concerns about his ability to give the fans the kind of fight they want. He last lost to common foe Danny Garcia in November 2016 where he fought back bravely after going down in the first round until the referee waved off the mismatch in the seventh.