• Kyodo


Mongolian grand champion Asashoryu is hungrier than ever and has set his sights on capturing all six Emperor’s Cup titles this year.

The 23-year-old yokozuna said, a day after claiming his fourth consecutive title since the New Year meet on Sunday, that he is not happy with the way he wrestled at the 15-day meet at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium despite bringing home his eighth overall title.

“I’m not satisfied with this meet. I was missing something. This year, I want to win all the tournaments,” Asashoryu said at a press conference on Monday.

Such a feat would be unprecedented as no wrestler has ever claimed all six titles in a year. But Asashoryu is warning the competition that his wrath will only continue.

“I want to test the wrestlers who seem to hold a future and create rivalries with them. The next meet (in September in Tokyo) is going to be an exciting one. I won’t lose easily,” he said.

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