Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

May 14, 2014

Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

Popular maegashira Endo sentenced Kakuryu to a shock first defeat on his debut as yokozuna with a riveting performance at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Endo (3-1) wasted no time in putting Kakuryu on his back foot with a flurry of neck ...

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

May 13, 2014

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

Kakuryu continued his perfect start to his debut at yokozuna with a routine win against Chiyotairyu on Tuesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. The Mongolian got stuck in at the charge in the day’s finale and No. 2 maegashira Chiyotairyu was ...

Kakuryu survives test; Harumafuji gets win

May 12, 2014

Kakuryu survives test; Harumafuji gets win

Newly promoted yokozuna Kakuryu used his quick reflexes to dispose of giant-killer Yoshikaze while Harumafuji escaped a second consecutive defeat by the skin of his teeth with a close win over Aoiyama at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Although the nerves were ...

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

May 11, 2014

Kakuryu shines in yokozuna debut

Newly promoted yokozuna Kakuryu hit the dirt running with a mash-up of Aoiyama while veteran yokozuna Harumafuji was sent retreating for a first-day loss to Yoshikaze on the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Kakuryu was never in trouble as ...

Apr 24, 2014

New yokozuna Kakuryu on east side

Newly promoted Mongolian-born yokozuna Kakuryu took his place on the east side as the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday released the rankings for the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu, whose birth name is Mangaljalav Anand, starts the May 11-25 basho in Tokyo as sumo’s ...

Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

Mar 26, 2014

Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

The Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday formally promoted Mongolian-born ozeki Kakuryu to sumo’s highest rank in a unanimous vote to become the 71st yokozuna. His promotion was confirmed after the rankings for the summer basho in May were decided followed by a meeting of ...

Yokozuna council recommends Kakuryu for promotion

Mar 24, 2014

Yokozuna council recommends Kakuryu for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council unanimously recommended ozeki Kakuryu for promotion to sumo’s top rank on Monday after claiming his first career title at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu needed the nod from at least two-thirds of the council after lifting ...

Kakuryu beats Hakuho to close in on spring title

Mar 22, 2014

Kakuryu beats Hakuho to close in on spring title

Ozeki Kakuryu put himself in the driver’s seat for his first title and promotion to yokozuna on Saturday, when he defeated Hakuho to take the sole lead with a 13-1 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian ozeki entered the penultimate day ...

Spring title far from decided

Mar 21, 2014

Spring title far from decided

The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament took a twist on Friday when both yokozuna Harumafuji and Hakuho suffered defeats, throwing the door wide open in the title race with just two days remaining. Hakuho and promotion-chasing ozeki Kakuryu moved into a two-way tie for the ...

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Mar 20, 2014

Kakuryu topples yokozuna

Ozeki Kakuryu took one giant leap forward in his quest for yokozuna promotion on Thursday, sending yokozuna Harumafuji to his first defeat at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who is seeking his 29th career title, took over as the sole leader as he ...