Yokozuna Hakuho withdraws from Autumn Basho with broken finger

Sumo Sep 9, 2019

Yokozuna Hakuho withdraws from Autumn Basho with broken finger

Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the ongoing 15-day Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament with a broken finger, his stablemaster said Monday, following a shock opening-day loss to rank-and-filer Hokutofuji. The 34-year-old was aiming to win a record-extending 43rd top-division championship, but suffered a severe blow when ...

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

Sumo Sep 5, 2019

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

Since the beginning of 2018, sumo fans have been spoiled for entertainment with one dramatic event after another hitting the sport. Multiple first-time tournament winners, incredible comebacks, promotions, demotions and repromotions have made the action in the ring compulsory viewing over the past couple of ...

Turning Japanese: Sumo champ Hakuho gets citizenship

Sumo Sep 3, 2019

Turning Japanese: Sumo champ Hakuho gets citizenship

Yokozuna Hakuho, a record 42-time sumo grand champion, has acquired Japanese citizenship after relinquishing his Mongolian nationality, an official government publication showed Tuesday. Although Japanese nationality is not required to compete in sumo, citizenship is necessary if a wrestler wishes to progress to become a ...

Takakeisho dropped to sekiwake for Autumn Basho

Sumo Aug 26, 2019

Takakeisho dropped to sekiwake for Autumn Basho

Takakeisho will have one shot at regaining his status at sumo's second-highest rank, provided he is fit enough to compete, after the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association saw the fan-favorite wrestler demoted to sekiwake on Monday. The Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at ...

Title to be decided on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 20, 2019

Title to be decided on final day

Yokozuna Kakuryu reclaimed the sole lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday as yokozuna rival Hakuho suffered a shock loss to former ozeki Kotoshogiku with one day remaining at the 15-day tournament. Kakuryu will go into the final day with a one-win lead ...

Kakuryu holds onto slim lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 18, 2019

Kakuryu holds onto slim lead

Kakuryu maintained his one-win lead over Hakuho at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament after both yokozuna prevailed on Thursday. Five-time champion Kakuryu improved to a perfect 12-0 with a victory over No. 6 maegashira Chiyotairyu (6-6) on Day 12 at Dolphins Arena. Unbeaten in their 11 ...

Kakuryu moves to 10-0 with win

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 16, 2019

Kakuryu moves to 10-0 with win

Yokozuna Kakuryu survived a slight scare Tuesday to claim his 10th straight win of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, while Hakuho bounced back from his first loss of the 15-day meet to stay a win behind his fellow yokozuna. Kakuryu dodged a bullet against No. ...

Sumo 101: Futabayama's win streak

Sumo Jul 16, 2019

Sumo 101: Futabayama's win streak

by John Gunning

Sumo fans these days have the privilege of being able to watch the greatest rikishi of all time live in the ring. For a sport that's been around for a couple of millennia in one form or another that's no small thing. While Raiden may have ...