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KHAN STRIPS DOWN TO MAKE WEIGHT FOR VARGAS FIGHT

Amir Khan insisted he feels the strongest at welterweight despite having to strip down to get inside the limit for his fight with Samuel Vargas.

While his opponent came in at 10 stone, six pounds ahead of the main event in Birmingham on Saturday, Khan was forced to shed his clothing after initially coming in heavy at the first attempt.

After removing his underwear behind a security guard's jacket, the Bolton boxer registered exactly 147lbs on the scales, much to his relief.

"We made the weight with everything off," he told Sky Sports. "I checked my weight before coming here and I was 0.2lbs under, I was 146.8.

"Maybe they're weighing in heavy, I don’t know, but I made the weight with everything off. I'm going to hydrate now, eat well and be ready for tomorrow.

"This is my natural weight - this is where I feel at my strongest. I feel good and I'm healthy.

"At this weight you see the speed, the explosiveness and the power. I've got a 100 per cent record in this division and I've fought some big names."

The former world champion marked his return to the ring after nearly two years out of action by stopping Phil Lo Greco inside a minute in April.

While Vargas - who, like his opponent, has a stoppage loss to Danny Garcia on his record - is expected to provide a sterner test, Khan has bigger names in his sights as he looks to make up for lost time.

"The best is still ahead of me. The good days are still there where I can go and grab the world titles," the 31-year-old said.

"I want to be world champion again and hopefully getting past this fight opens up some big fights for me, the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook. There are some big names out there.

"Let's get past this one first, but after Saturday I'll sit down with my team and see where we go from there."

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