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 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.”

Day 14 Highlights

Kotoyuki Absent Through Injury Kotoyuki has pulled out of the July basho after sustaining a knee injury in his fight against Shimanoumi on Day 13. Takanosho Secures Kachi-Koshi; Significant Final Bout for Tokushoryu Takanosho secured his kachi-koshi on Day 14 in the bout against March basho winner: Tokushoryu. Takanosho now stands with 8 wins andContinue reading “Day 14 Highlights”

Day 13 Highlights

Tochinoshin Kachi-Koshi In the first bout of the day, Tochinoshin achieved his first kachi-koshi in over a year meaning he now has scored more wins than losses in this July basho. Tochinoshin fought Chiyomaru in the day 13 opening bout in a mawashi battle. Kotoshoho Kachi-Koshi Along with Tochinoshin, the young rikishi Kotoshoho has achievedContinue reading “Day 13 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 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 7 Highlights

Abi absent from Day 7 Abi is out from day 7 for breaching Sumo’s infection mitigation restrictions after visiting a restaurant with friends on day 6. The decision to remove Abi from play was made by his oyakata (stablemaster) so that he can learn to make more responsible decisions in the future. It is unclearContinue reading “Day 7 Highlights”