Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru

It all came down to this match. Either rookie Tobizaru would outwit his much larger foe and force a play-off, or Sekiwake Shodai would take the most direct route to his long sought-after first Makuuchi championship title. When all was said and done, Tobizaru seemed to be thrilled just to have the chance to playContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki

Young throwing specialist Hoshoryu faced the giant (6’4) Kagayaki for the first time today. Hoshoryu’s debut in Makuuchi has been an interesting back and forth, winning one or two days — usually in exciting fashion — and losing one or two more, often with a painful slam to the clay. He’s been carrying the burdenContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #13 | Myogiryu vs. Tamawashi

Today’s bout of the day features two former Sekiwake with over 27 years of professional experience between them. Both fighters entered day 13 with a record of 5-7, one loss away from make-koshi, so it became a make-or-break situation if either one of them was trying to climb back to sanyaku. On paper, not muchContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #13 | Myogiryu vs. Tamawashi”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #12 | Terunofuji vs. Onosho

M9 Onosho is coming back from his worst top division score ever of 2-13 at the July tournament. And what a comeback it has been! For a moment (day 5) he was leading this basho as the only undefeated rikishi. That momentum has slowed a bit as he dropped to a shared second place onContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #12 | Terunofuji vs. Onosho”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #11 | Enho vs. Shimanoumi

“They’re figuring him out.” That’s what people are saying now that Enho’s top division kachi-koshi streak has been replaced by 3 make-koshi in a row. But here are some reasons the lightweight may not be disappearing from the main broadcast as soon as some may think. The thing is, the majority of wrestlers get “figuredContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #11 | Enho vs. Shimanoumi”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #10 | Meisei vs. Aoiyama

For the past few days, a very saturated leaderboard has kept our minds busy with speculations. Will Asanoyama pull through as “less worthy” rikishi fall away? Will we see another bottom rung champion? Will Takakeisho hold it together? Will Shodai finally see the fruits of his labor? Did Onosho’s brief sole lead foreshadow something significant?Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #10 | Meisei vs. Aoiyama”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #9 | Enho vs. Ichinojo

We’ve watched little Enho get the better of giants such as Aoiyama, Tokushoryu, Chiyotairyu, and Daishoho to name just a few. But the one match we’ve all longed to see and that hasn’t occurred outside of exhibition or amateur sumo is Ichinojo vs. Enho. That is until today! It happened folks. Yes the two haveContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #9 | Enho vs. Ichinojo”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #8 | Sadanoumi vs. Tobizaru

Exciting new top division wrestler Tobizaru has been catching everyone’s attention with his often wild style of fighting. Living up to his shikona, which actually means “flying monkey,” relative lightweight Tobizaru reminds us a lot of our beloved Ura, whose creative style has had fans following him throughout his lower division journey. Like a lotContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #8 | Sadanoumi vs. Tobizaru”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin

Almost halfway through the tournament and bouts are getting really entertaining. It was difficult to decide between this match and Tobizaru vs. Chiyotairyu, but overall, the back and forth style clash of pusher-thruster Daieisho vs. powerhouse grappler Tochinoshin was the most interesting to watch from a technical standpoint. 26 year old Daieisho is fighting atContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #7 | Daieisho vs. Tochinoshin”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #6 | Aoiyama vs. Takarafuji

East Tale of the Tape West W. Maegashira #7 Rank W. Maegashira #5 Aoiyama Name Takarafuji Kasugano Stable Isegahama 34 Age 33 6’2/191cm Height 6’/185cm 414lbs/188kg Weight 366lbs/166kg Oshi-zumo Style Hidari yotsu-zumo 21 wins Past Meetings (24) 3 wins 3-3 Record this Basho 4-2