Asanoyama captures first title

Sumo / Basho Reports May 25, 2019

Asanoyama captures first title

Rank-and-filer Asanoyama clinched his maiden championship on Saturday by beating ozeki Goeido with one day remaining at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. In addition to the Emperor's Cup, the No. 8 maegashira Asanoyama will receive a trophy from U.S. President Donald Trump, who will attend ...

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Sumo / Basho Reports May 14, 2019

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu earned his third straight win on Tuesday and gained some breathing room as all three ozeki were defeated on Day 3 of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The yokozuna survived a scare against top-ranked maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-2), when the former ozeki's elbow ...

Favorites cruise on Day 2 of tourney

Sumo / Basho Reports May 13, 2019

Favorites cruise on Day 2 of tourney

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu stayed unbeaten Monday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, cruising to victory over rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji. Kakuryu, seeking his sixth top-division title, improved to 2-0 by quickly pushing out the winless No. 1 maegashira in the final bout on Day 2 at ...

Kakuryu emerges as clear favorite to capture title

Sumo May 9, 2019

Kakuryu emerges as clear favorite to capture title

by John Gunning

Gambling on sumo, like most sports in Japan, is illegal. The Japan Sumo Association also takes a tough line with any of its members involved in such activities, even kicking an ozeki (Kotomitsuki) and stablemaster (Otake) out of the sport completely in 2010 over their ...

Hakuho on course for title

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 22, 2019

Hakuho on course for title

Yokozuna Hakuho inched toward a record-extending 42nd career championship with a win over ozeki Goeido on Friday, the 13th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The victory left Hakuho with a perfect record and a one-win lead over his Mongolian compatriot Ichinojo with two ...

Hakuho stays one win ahead of pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 21, 2019

Hakuho stays one win ahead of pack

Yokozuna Hakuho defeated ozeki Tochinoshin on Wednesday to retain his lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with 12 straight wins. Hakuho faced little challenge from the struggling Tochinoshin (6-6), who has only beaten the 41-time top-division champion once in 28 matchups. Hakuho hemmed up Tochinoshin ...

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Yokozuna Hakuho held off a stern challenge from sekiwake Takakeisho on Wednesday to maintain his perfect 11-0 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo is one win behind the Mongolian yokozuna, who aims to hold onto the lead for a record-extending ...

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

Sumo Nov 7, 2018

Higher-ranked wrestlers in driver's seat in Kyushu

by John Gunning

November is upon us and that means the final sumo tournament of the year is just days away. So far 2018 has seen Tochinoshin claim the first championship by a maegashira-ranked wrestler in six years, a dramatic return to form by yokozuna Kakuryu, a surprise ...

Hakuho wins battle of yokozuna to finish Autumn Basho with 15-0 record

Sumo Sep 23, 2018

Hakuho wins battle of yokozuna to finish Autumn Basho with 15-0 record

A day after securing his record-extending 41st championship, Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho closed the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record on Sunday. By winning a yokozuna clash against fellow Mongolian Kakuryu, Hakuho claimed the Emperor's Cup with a spotless record for a ...

Hakuho wins record 41st title

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 22, 2018

Hakuho wins record 41st title

Yokozuna Hakuho made history twice at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, claiming a record 41st Emperor's Cup with his 1,000th victory in the sport's top division. The 33-year-oldimproved to an unassailable 14-0 record by beating ozeki Goeido on Day 14 of the 15-day ...

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

Sumo Sep 8, 2018

Expect the unexpected in wide-open Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

The Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament gets underway on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Like most recent meets this one seems wide open and you could make a solid case for five or even six wrestlers being potential winners at the end of the two ...