Amir Khan survived a second‑round knockdown to maintain momentum in his comeback to boxing with a unanimous points win over Samuel Vargas.
The 31-year-old Briton, floored his rival with a straight right in the second round but took an overhand right to go down and stun those at Arena Birmingham.
The bell arrived to save Khan, who scored another knockdown in the third before the pace gradually slowed.
This is his second bout since his 23‑month break from the sport.
Khan said after the fight that the only fight that works for him over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao adding that he wants Pacquiao.
Eddie Hearn ‑ who promotes both Brook and Khan ‑ said the domestic bout between his fighters "has to happen next or it never will".
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