Conor Benn destroys Samuel Vargas in one round before calling out Amir Khan

Conor Benn sent out a blistering statement in the welterweight division by dismantling Samuel Vargas inside the first round of their showdown at London's Copper Box Arena.

For many this bout represented the toughest test of Benn's five-year professional career. It hardly played out like it.

From the very first bell on Saturday night Britain's next box-office star in the making rubbished any suggestions of Vargas, who caused Amir Khan all sorts of problems when they met two years ago, marking any kind of step up on his path to world level.

After initially feeling the 31-year-old out by flickering in a series of sharp one-twos, Benn, 24, seemingly clicked his fingers before unleashing a ferocious onslaught that overwhelmed his more experienced foe and left the referee with no choice but to intervene.

Heading into this fight the popular narrative was that Vargas would provide a stern challenge. The Canadian-Colombian dropped Khan back in 2018 and has also shared the ring with unified champion Errol Spence Jr, not to mention top operators Danny Garcia and Vergil Ortiz Jr.

In the end, however, Benn made every bit of the seven-year age gap and gulf in class count by finishing the job with what was his opening attack.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told Daily Star Sport prior to this evening's contest that Amir Khan would be open to meeting the new kid on the block in a potential crossover clash should he get past Vargas in style.

And immediately after doing exactly that, Benn threw down the gauntlet to the British boxing icon, as well as American superstars Shawn Porter and Adrien Broner.

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  • "Give me Amir Khan. I know he's too busy on reality TV. If he wants it, he can have it," he said in his post-fight interview with Sky Sports.

    "I can deal with pressure. I can cope with it. I can live with it, no problem.

    "I'm ready for the top dogs – Shawn Porter, Adrien Broner?

    "I'm the most rapidly improved fighters globally."

    By blasting his way to the most impressive victory of his career by some distance, the sky really does seem the limit for Conor Benn as he plots a fascinating route to the welterweight summit.

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