The one-man show is well under way.
Hakuho took Aminishiki to school with a sumo clinic on Tuesday to remain undefeated on the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
In the day’s finale, Hakuho wasted no time with Aminishiki (1-2), whose throat grab back fired completely before the yokozuna sent the top-ranked maegashira packing with pulling overarm technique at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
The lone yokozuna is trying to become the third man in history to win six consecutive titles. Taiho achieved the feat twice while Asashoryu owns the record with seven straight.
Estonian man-mountain Baruto (2-1) had no problems with lightweight Yoshikaze, getting his right hand on the back of his winless opponent’s mawashi before ushering him out in a matter of seconds.
But it was veteran Kaio (2-1) who once again put on a vintage performance for an enthusiastic crowd, getting a right hand on the mawashi of Georgian Tochinoshin (0-3) before dumping his opponent with an overarm throw.