July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournament: Days 10-12 Reflection.

Basho leaders get set for decisive battle, Maegashira double digit finishes inbound! The July Basho is set to offer a dramatic ending, as the two tournament forerunners,Yokozuna Hakuho and Ozeki Terunofuji, get ready to battle it out for the Emperor’s Cup. Theillustrious duo enter Day 13 with perfect 12:0 winning records. Reaching Day 13 withoutContinue reading “July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournament: Days 10-12 Reflection.”

July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournmanet: Days 7-9 Reflection

Hakuho and Terunofuji pull ahead, Kotonowaka and Ichiyamoto behind by two Hakuho extended his spotless score-line to 9:0 on Day 9, claiming a comfortable victory over Maegashira #4 Chiyotairyu with a yorikiri (frontal force out) winning technique. While a successful bout for the Yokozuna against the struggling Chiyotairyu was to be expected (the Maegashira fallingContinue reading “July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournmanet: Days 7-9 Reflection”

July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournament: Days 4-6 Reflection.

Yokozuna Hakuho and Ozeki Terunofuji remain undefeated: Kotonowaka trails by one. After six days of exciting Sumo, Ozeki Terunofuji and Yokozuna Hakuho continue todominate, clearing Day 6 without a single loss on their tallies. The pair of fighters currently sit alone at the top of the tournament leaderboard, however, a strong start sees Maegashira #11Continue reading “July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournament: Days 4-6 Reflection.”

July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournament: Days 1-3 Reflection.

Yokozuna Hakuho is back with a blast! Sumo’s most decorated wrestler, Yokozuna Hakuho, who has won 44 career MakuuchiDivision titles, began his campaign in the July event in a truly dominant fashion. Despite returning from injury – the Mongolian-born wrestler was forced to undergo endoscopic surgery on his knee after pulling out from the MayContinue reading “July 2021 Grand Sumo Tournament: Days 1-3 Reflection.”

May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 13-15; Terunofuji Crowned Champion!

Terunofuji wins fourth Makuuchi Division title Ozeki Terunofuji has officially won the 2021 May basho, claiming his fourth career yusho in the prestigious Makuuchi Division. The Ozeki is the second most decorated active sumo wrestler behind the legendary Yokuzuna Hakuho, who missed the tournament due to receiving knee surgery two months ago. Terunofuji looked inContinue reading “May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 13-15; Terunofuji Crowned Champion!”

May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 10 – 12 Review

Terunofuji and Takakeisho fight it out for the Yūshō! With just three days of Sumo bouts left in the 2021 May basho, Ozeki rivals Terunofuji and Takakeisho get ready to contest for the right to be crowned tournament champion. After winning 10 consecutive bouts since the outset of the basho, current favourite Terunofuji appeared inContinue reading “May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 10 – 12 Review”

May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 7-9 Review

The May basho has already reached its half-way mark and the leading wrestler, Ozeki Terunofuji, remains unbeaten at the end of day 9, boasting a staggering 9:0 record. Terunofuji’s stellar start to the competition has given him a significant advantage over joint second place and fellow Ozeki rival, Takakeisho, who concluded the day with aContinue reading “May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 7-9 Review”

May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 4-6 Review

Terunofuji becomes Basho forerunner, with Takakeisho and Takayasu hot on his heels. After six days of electrifying Sumo, Ozeki Terunofuji continues to display his dominance in the ring, ending day 6 as the only undefeated wrestler in the 2021 May tournament. Following his victory over the lower ranked Maegashira #5 Hoshoryu earlier on day 6,Continue reading “May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 4-6 Review”

May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 1-3 Review

Terunofuji, Takayasu and Mitakeumi remain undefeated, Maegashira look promising We’re now three days into the May basho and Terunofuji looks as strong as ever and is continuing his stellar start in the competition. Following his victory against Maegashira #2 Tobizaru with the lesser used uwatenage kimarite (overarm throw winning technique), Terunofuji extended his score toContinue reading “May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Days 1-3 Review”

May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Day 1 Review

Yokozuna absent; Ozeki take centre stage once again! Following the withdrawal of Yokozuna Hakuho – due to more recovery time needed after surgery on a prolonged knee injury – all eyes fall on the Ozeki ranked wrestlers who, after winning all four of their day 1 bouts in the 2021 May basho, are once againContinue reading “May Grand Sumo Tournament 2021: Day 1 Review”