Today, well ahead of that fight, he attended a special event held in his honour as celebration of his title win last last December, when he stopped another Thai veteran, Kwanthai Sithmorseng (50-5-1, 27) [ขวัญไทย ศิษย์หมอเส็ง].
The event saw the champion show his humble side as he spoke in front of fellow university graduates from the Osaka City University, as well as the head of the university. As part of his speech he thanked the 100 or so who were there to support him and his career.
The event saw Sakamoto's promoter, Takashi Edagawa of Mutoh promotions, ask for continued support for his man as he looks to move towards becoming a world champion, and from what we understand he would be the first from the university. With the fighter himself stating that he wanted to win both the Japanese and world titles in the future, to go along side his Asia Pacific belt.
(Image courtest of bioxmob.jp)