The 27 year old Osakan champion found a home for his left hook and jab from the opening moments and by the end of the opening round he was down, giving the champion the huge boost of knowing he could hurt the veteran.
Pigmy was again hurt, badly, in round 3 from a body shot and it was clear he fet the effects of the shot, well after the original blow as he fought like a man in retreat from then on. The body become a target for Sakamoto who scored a second knockdown in round 6 with a body shot. That knockdown forced Pigmy's corner to throw in the towel and stop the bout with their man a beaten fighter.
With the win Sakamoto records not only his first defense but also takes a huge step toward getting a world title fight, and potential rematch with WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura, the only man to have beaten Sakamoto so far. As for Pigmy this loss, his 10th, could well be the end and it's hard to see what the 36 year old can do to stay relevant in the sport now.
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