Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day

Sumo / Basho Reports May 20, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu bounces back on ninth day

Yokozuna Kakuryu rebounded from his first loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a smooth victory on Monday, while sekiwake Tochinoshin found himself granted a win following a rare second withdrawal by new ozeki Takakeisho. The two upper-ranked fighters remain tied for the lead ...

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8

Sumo / Basho Reports May 19, 2019

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin fall on Day 8

Overnight leaders Kakuryu and Tochinoshin fell into a three-way tie with rank-and-file grappler Asanoyama following their upset losses at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. The joint leaders sit at 7-1 after lone yokozuna Kakuryu was stunned by No. 3 maegashira Tamawashi and sekiwake ...

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin tied for lead

Sumo / Basho Reports May 18, 2019

Kakuryu, Tochinoshin tied for lead

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin stayed undefeated Saturday to remain joint leaders of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Pre-tournament favorite Kakuryu took another step at Ryogoku Kokugikan toward his sixth top-level title by beating No. 3 maegashira Chiyotairyu, who remains winless in 11 matches against ...

Title chase down to two unbeatens

Sumo / Basho Reports May 17, 2019

Title chase down to two unbeatens

Sekiwake Tochinoshin survived a trial of endurance on Friday to remain in a tie with yokozuna Kakuryu after both men collected wins on Day 6 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The Georgian was put to the test for over a minute at Ryogoku Kokugikan ...

Trio tied for lead at Summer Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports May 16, 2019

Trio tied for lead at Summer Basho

Yokozuna Kakuryu and sekiwake Tochinoshin each won on Day 5 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday to retain their share of the lead. Kakuryu overcame a spirited but short-lived effort from Bulgarian komusubi Aoiyama in the final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, whileTochinoshin bested ...

Kakuryu wins 4th; ozeki rebound

Sumo / Basho Reports May 15, 2019

Kakuryu wins 4th; ozeki rebound

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu maintained his pursuit of a sixth top-level title Wednesday by beating Endo on Day 4 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian pushed out the No. 2 maegashira in the final bout of the day at Ryogoku Kokugikan to improve to ...

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 gets off to winning start

Sumo / Basho Reports May 12, 2019

Kakuryu gets off to winning start

Kakuryu kicked off the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on a winning note Sunday, collecting an opening-day victory in front of a sellout crowd at the first basho of Japan's new imperial era. Kakuryu, carrying the burden as the sole yokozuna at Ryogoku Kokugikan following Hakuho's ...

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 ...

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Sumo Mar 27, 2019

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Takakeisho was officially promoted to sumo's second highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association. The 22-year-old Japanese is the first wrestler to reach the rank since Georgian Tochinoshin, who faces demotion after posting two straight losing records, was bumped up from ...

Perfect Hakuho captures 42nd title

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 24, 2019

Perfect Hakuho captures 42nd title

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his career championship haul to 42 on Sunday after winning the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a record 15th undefeated run. Needing a win against fellow Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu to avoid a championship playoff, Hakuho was pushed to the limit in a ...

Hakuho takes sole lead on Day 8 of Spring Grand Tournament

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 17, 2019

Hakuho takes sole lead on Day 8 of Spring Grand Tournament

Yokozuna Hakuho dodged a bullet from rank-and-filer Tochiozan on Sunday to claim his eighth straight win and take sole possession of the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, seeking a record-extending 42nd top-division title, looked on the verge of an upset against No. ...