Colombian-Canadian Samuel Vargas has promised to push Amir Khan hard when the pair trade blows this year in the United Kingdom’s second city of Birmingham.
Vargas heads across the Atlantic bidding to halt Khan’s resurgence after the former super-lightweight king powered through Phil Lo Greco in less than a minute back in April.
The 29 year-old will be aiming to do what fellow-countryman Breidis Prescott did to Khan in 2008 and take out the Bolton man before he gains a foothold in the fight.
“I am excited to step in the ring with Amir Khan on September 8,” said Vargas.
“I am very pleased that my promoter Lee Baxter and Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Boxing could come to an arrangement fairly easily and make this fight happen.
“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 added.
Like Khan, Vargas bares a stoppage loss to Danny Garcia on his record – which represents one of only two reverses in the last five years.
The other came against current world title holder Errol Spence, meaning Vargas should represent a stiff step-up in class for ‘King’ Khan.
Spence, Garcia, Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman are all on Khan’s radar, although it’s a match-up with the winner of Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse later this month that is of most interest to the Briton.
Former stablemate Pacquiao is a massive carrot for Khan to land, provided the Filipino legend comes through Matthysse, to set up what would be a fascinating battle in the Middle East or England in December.