• JIJI, Kyodo

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Yokozuna sumo grand champion Hakuho on Thursday denied allegations that Harumafuji, also a yokozuna, used a beer bottle in assaulting junior wrestler Takanoiwa while drinking last month.

“Harumafuji didn’t use a beer bottle or get on top of (Takanoiwa)” to beat him, Hakuho told reporters while admitting that Harumafuji hit Takanoiwa with his bare hand.

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