September 2020: Day 3 Roundup

We’re three days into the September basho and there already have been many talking points. So, without further ado, let’s discuss sumo! Days 1 – 3 Well, not really surprising due to the amount of injuries going around in professional Sumo’s current climate, but many rikishi have pulled out of this Aki tournament: Yokozuna, Hakuho,Continue reading “September 2020: Day 3 Roundup”

September 2020: Tournament Preview

After an exciting return to the ring for the July tournament, Grand Sumo will make its return for the annual Aki tournament, hosted in Tokyo’s Kokugikan arena (from the 13th of September through to the 27th). This basho looks set to offer an entirely new dynamic to the sumo world, with plenty of young JūryōContinue reading “September 2020: Tournament Preview”

Day 15 Highlights

Today marked the 15th and final day of play in the July 2020 basho and with the prospect of a four way fight for the Yūshō at the start of play, day 15’s action provided an entertaining ending to the first Sumo tournament since March. Ichinojo Granted a Makuuchi Bout for Final Day Ichinojo madeContinue reading “Day 15 Highlights”

Hakuho: 1000 Bout Grand Champion Record

On day 10, Hakuho fought his 1000th bout as a Yokozuna against Maegashira #5 Hokutofuji. Hakuho further cemented his grip on the all-time record for “most bouts as Yokozuna” having now played 1000 bouts as a Yokozuna and 1076 Makuuchi career wins. Being already 35 years of age, many have speculated about the Mongolian rikishi‘sContinue reading “Hakuho: 1000 Bout Grand Champion Record”

July 2020 Day 9: Enho denied victory against Ozeki Takakeisho

In the penultimate bout of the day, Maegashira #6 Enho faced Ozeki Takakeisho in a fierce encounter which ended after a controversial decision by the gyoji gifted Takakeisho the victory. The match referee awarded Takakeisho the bout after a mono-ii (a process whereby the sideline referees congregate to elucidate which rikishi left the ring first)Continue reading “July 2020 Day 9: Enho denied victory against Ozeki Takakeisho”

July 2020 Day 8: Mid-point reflections

We’ve had a fascinating start to this July basho – taking place in Tokyo’s Kokugikan arena. Now, with the completion of the 8th day of Sumo, it is time to reflect on the first half of the tournament and highlight a few surprises and upsets, along with an update on the Yūshō contention race. KakuryuContinue reading “July 2020 Day 8: Mid-point reflections”

Day-4 Highlight Bout: Enho VS Aoiyama

In the sport of Sumo, there can hardly be a more disproportionate matchup than these two rikishi; at 169.0cm tall and weighing just 96kg, Enho is the smallest rikishi in the dohyo during the July tournament, whilst his Bulgarian opponent, Aoiyama, is 192cm tall and weighs 194kg. Watch Day-4’s bout here: Taking into account theContinue reading “Day-4 Highlight Bout: Enho VS Aoiyama”

July 2020 Day-2: Kakuryu absent through injury

The July basho got off to a rocky start for the mongolian wrestler, Kakuryu; not only did he trip up in his first bout against Endo – during an attempted manoeuvre to disrupt his Maegashira #1 opponent’s balance – but that same koshikudake – “inadvertent collapse” – aggravated an elbow injury he had sustained inContinue reading “July 2020 Day-2: Kakuryu absent through injury”

July 2020 Day 1: Opening day upset for Yokozuna Kakuryu.

The opening day’s action saw a major upset for Yokozuna Kakuryu where he failed to defeat the Maegashira #1 rikishi Endo. The lower ranked wrestler won the bout by koshikudake (an “inadvertent collapse”) after Kakuryu attempted to disrupt the balance of his opponent through an attempted trip. Watch the the action from Day-1 July BashoContinue reading “July 2020 Day 1: Opening day upset for Yokozuna Kakuryu.”