Hakuho remains unbeaten as Kakuryu loses on Day 2

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 9, 2020

Hakuho remains unbeaten as Kakuryu loses on Day 2

Hakuho maintained an unblemished record Monday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, but fellow Mongolian-born yokozuna Kakuryu suffered an upset loss to komusubi Hokutofuji. After pulling out of the New Year Grand Tournament in January due to a foot injury, Kakuryu (1-1) raised further questions ...

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

Sumo Mar 5, 2020

Health risks in spotlight as Spring Basho nears start

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association is proceeding with the upcoming Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, but has decided, in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, that it will be held behind closed doors. Calling off the event completely would undoubtedly have been a safer course of action, ...

Sumo left with only one ozeki for first time in over 38 years

Sumo Feb 24, 2020

Sumo left with only one ozeki for first time in over 38 years

For the first time in over 38 years, the Japan Sumo Association's rankings, published Monday, have only one wrestler at the sport's second-highest rank of ozeki. But if sekiwake Asanoyama has his way, that situation will soon be remedied. After going 11-4 in November and ...

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Shodai and Tokushoryu each retained their leading records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, while ozeki Goeido suffered an eighth loss and faces a demotion from the sport's second-highest rank. Goeido (4-8) was beaten by new sekiwake Asanoyama (7-5) in the day's ...

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2020

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

No. 4 maegashira Shodai put on an electric performance at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to retain his place at the top with fellow rank-and-filer Tokushoryu. Locking horns with No. 7 Shohozan (5-5) on Day 10 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Shodai (9-1) ...

Kakuryu suffers second straight loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 15, 2020

Kakuryu suffers second straight loss

New sekiwake Asanoyama took his first loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, while yokozuna Kakuryu fell to his third defeat. Asanoyama fell down the leaderboard along with top-ranked maegashira Endo after getting brushed aside by komusubi Abi on Day 4 at ...

Hakuho, Kakuryu fall to 1-2 records

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 14, 2020

Hakuho, Kakuryu fall to 1-2 records

Yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu each fell to their second defeats at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday, leaving the title open for sekiwake Asanoyama and a pair of rank-and-filers who share the lead. Hakuho was unceremoniously slapped down by his opponent, Myogiryu (1-2), ...

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

Sumo Jan 9, 2020

New Year Basho provides intriguing mix of storylines

by John Gunning

Every sumo tournament contains a myriad of storylines. One of the most fascinating aspects of the sport is the fact that the kachikoshi/makekoshi delineation of winning and losing records determines both the starting positions for the following meet and the lifestyle of the wrestlers. In sports ...

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Sumo Dec 24, 2019

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Summer Basho winner Asanoyama will fight as a sekiwake for the first time at next month's New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday showed. The 25-year-old rising star earned promotion to sumo's third-highest rank after going ...

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 23, 2019

Hakuho seals 43rd career title at Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament

Yokozuna Hakuho won a record-extending 43rd championship and his first as a naturalized Japanese citizen on Saturday, taking out the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a day to spare. The 34-year-old from Mongolia, who acquired Japanese citizenship in September and withdrew from that month's tourney ...

Hakuho one win from 43rd title after dismantling Abi

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 22, 2019

Hakuho one win from 43rd title after dismantling Abi

Yokozuna Hakuho beat komusubi Abi at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, positioning himself just one win away from extending his record for career top-division championships to 43. Hakuho claimed his 12th victory at Fukuoka Kokusai Center to retain a two-win buffer over his ...