On Saturday night at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, the 'Savage' Sam Eggington showed his level of talent by totally dominating a 20-0 puncher that some observers expected to knock Eggington out in Joe Pigford.
Eggington outworked Pigford from the first bell, moving more and throwing a lot more punches with much greater speed.
Pigford did throw some shots with his trademark power, but Eggington looked on a higher level of boxing ability, and Pigford didn’t seem to have any answers to deal with Eggington’s speed and movement.
Eggington rocked Pigford in the final seconds of the fifth round with a heavy right hand, and followed it up with a big left hook that sent Pigford reeling back into the ropes. Eggington took this opportunity to pounce on Pigford, unleashing a flurry of heavy hooks that forced the referee to stop the fight in the rival final seconds of the round as Pigford’s corner also thrown the towel in.
The dangerous veteran has now won six of his last seven fights, with the sole loss being a close majority decision defeay at the hands of Dennis Hogan in Australia last October.
Eggington said to Sky Sports after the fight: “I think I had experience in the build up to the fight. I think the build up got him nervous, and that showed in the ring. I was just totally calm, whereas he had that jitteryness. I know I’ve been in the sport a long time, but I’m in my prime right now. I’m doing the best work of my career and I’m here to win belts.”