Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 22, 2020

Hakuho outlasts Kakuryu to win 44th Emperor's Cup

Hakuho seized a record-extending 44th top-level championship Sunday after outlasting fellow yokozuna Kakuryu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolian-born titans came into Day 15 tied for the lead at 12-2, setting up a tantalizing winner-take-all battle in the final bout of the ...

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 21, 2020

Hakuho, Kakuryu share lead heading into final day

Spring Basho Sumo's two highest-ranked grapplers will fight it out on Sunday for the championship of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. For the first time since July, Mongolian-born yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu will both be competing for the title on the final day after wrapping ...

Three wrestlers tied for lead in Osaka

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2020

Three wrestlers tied for lead in Osaka

Hakuho and Kakuryu grabbed a share of first place Friday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament after sole overnight leader Aoiyama suffered his second loss. The Mongolian-born yokozuna sit alongside the rank-and-file grappler at 11-2 following an action-packed Day 13 at Edion Arena Osaka. Hakuho overpowered ...

Onosho upsets title favorite Hakuho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 17, 2020

Onosho upsets title favorite Hakuho

Hakuho fell into a two-way tie for the lead Tuesday following his first defeat of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, while fears about the possible cancellation of the meet subsided after a fever-stricken wrestler tested negative for the coronavirus. The yokozuna was put to the ...

Hakuho collects ninth straight win

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 16, 2020

Hakuho collects ninth straight win

Yokozuna Hakuho remains the only undefeated wrestler after capturing his ninth straight win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, though the meet's continuation was called into question after a fever-stricken wrestler was compelled to undergo a test for the new coronavirus. Hakuho had ...

Kakuryu suffers second loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 13, 2020

Kakuryu suffers second loss

Hakuho maintained his pursuit of a record-extending 44th Emperor's Cup by beating Yutakayama and improving to a perfect 6-0 Friday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. But the sailing was less smooth for fellow yokozuna Kakuryu, who dropped to 4-2 after losing to No. 2 ...

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 12, 2020

Hakuho grinds out another victory

Hakuho scraped out a victory to remain perfect in a four-way tie for the lead on Thursday, the fifth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. A day after his 35th birthday, the yokozuna (5-0) took on January's surprise champion, No. 2 maegashira Tokushoryu at ...

Hakuho wins; Kakuryu bounces back

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 10, 2020

Hakuho wins; Kakuryu bounces back

Hakuho improved to a 3-0 Tuesday at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, while fellow yokozuna Kakuryu bounced back from an upset loss the previous day. Chasing a record-extending 44th top-level title, Hakuho had to work hard to defeat No. 1 maegashira Takayasu in the final ...

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, ...