Yokozuna Hakuho (14-0) has done it again. One day before the end of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, Hakuho has sealed his 37th career championship title. Yokozuna Hakuho has been the most dominant sumo wrestler of all time, and he is not slowing down at all.
Yokozuna Hakuho faced Yokozuna Harumafuji (10-4), who in the last tournament fell for the dreaded “henka” or side-step. Hakuho received a lot of grief for using that move, so this time he made sure to make it an honorable fight.
And so Harumafuji quickly grabbed Hakuho’s belt at the jump-off, to avoid any potential side-steps, and pushed Hakuho to the edge.
But Hakuho is always resilient, and pushed the fight back to the center. Harumafuji continued his assault, but Hakuho was simply too much and pushed Harumafuji out of the ring.
With this win, all Hakuho had to do was wait to see if Ozeki Kisenosato (12-2) would win or lose. A win by Kisenosato would mean that he would stay in the fight for the title. However, Yokozuna Kakuryu (11-3) made sure that Kisenosato would no longer win the title, easily pushing Kisenosato out of the ring.
On the other end of the spectrum, Ozeki Terunofuji, who has been battling knee issues, lost his 12th fight to Ozeki Goeido (9-5), leaving him with a record of 2-12. This is a record for an ozeki, and may further extend if he loses again tomorrow.
Tomorrow will be a common sight in the sumo world, as Yokozuna Hakuho is crowned champion of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, and Ryogoku Kokugikan will be in full celebration-mode.
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