Takakeisho Withdraws from New Year Tournament

November’s top division champion Ozeki Takakeisho has decided to withdraw from Hatsu Basho 2021 after a disappointing first half. Coming off of his recent title and a runner-up result before that in September, the 24 year old had been looking forward to showing that it is indeed possible to reach Yokozuna on his signature pushContinue reading “Takakeisho Withdraws from New Year Tournament”

Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho

Mongolian-born Yokozuna Kakuryu has attained Japanese citizenship, a prerequisite for holding elder stock in the Japan Sumo Association. He of course has the option to continue competing, but with 15 years worth of professional level wear-and-tear, and pressure from the Yokozuna Deliberation Council to produce results or quit, it seems the main thing holding himContinue reading “Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho”

“I wanted to reach the top this way” Takakeisho’s Push for Yokozuna

Having taken only half a week of complete rest after the basho, November champion Ozeki Takakeisho has already been back at it in a newly-named Tokiwayama Stable’s training hall. On Tuesday, he worked up a sweat with some basic exercises before taking questions over the phone. “I want to see what level I can takeContinue reading ““I wanted to reach the top this way” Takakeisho’s Push for Yokozuna”

Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November

Following Shodai’s successful Aki Basho and promotion, three Ozeki sit atop the rankings chart, just below the waning Yokozuna. It will be one year in November since three Ozeki — Takakeisho, Takayasu, and Goeido — competed together. Of those three, only the 24 year old Takakeisho remains at the rank. A little over a weekContinue reading “Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November”

Aki 2020 | Basho Recap

The 2020 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo got underway on September 13, in the absence of both Yokozuna who are trying to heal many years’ worth of pain and injuries. A lot of other wrestlers took time off this basho as well. Ishiura didn’t start until midway through, coming back to get just 4Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Basho Recap”

Aki 2020 | Senshuraku Preview

On the second to last day of Aki Basho 2020, Chiyonokuni secured the Juryo division championship with a slapdown against Wakamotoharu. This is his third time winning a second division title, and he did it with a comfortable two win margin. Congratulations to him! It has come down to the final day in the topContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Senshuraku Preview”

Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]

After defeating veteran Maegashira #5 Takarafuji with a diving oshidashi on day 11 of Aki Basho, Ozeki Takakeisho was seen having difficulty using his right arm to prop himself up. He was finally able to get up after several seconds of struggle where it seemed like something had partially dislocated. Afterwards, the now 9-2 tournamentContinue reading “Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #4 | Tamawashi vs. Takakeisho

Veteran pusher-thruster Tamawashi and young Ozeki Takakeisho faced off on day 4, both seeking their third win. Takakeisho took his first loss of the basho yesterday, falling to East M2 Hokutofuji. This came after a solid start with oshidashi wins against July’s champion Terunofuji and Komusubi Okinoumi respectively. Tamawashi went into today with signature winsContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #4 | Tamawashi vs. Takakeisho”

Takakeisho Leaves, Fourth Kyujo for July

Complaining of an exacerbation of a chronic knee issue, Ozeki Takakeisho has withdrawn from the tournament on day 12. This came right after achieving his 8th win and avoiding demotion from Ozeki. Going into the July meet with the threat of demotion looming ever since March, the rotund pusher-thruster wasted little time getting to kachikoshi.Continue reading “Takakeisho Leaves, Fourth Kyujo for July”

Hakuho Remains Cautious, Takakeisho Resumes Full Contact Training

On the 27th, Yokozuna Hakuho relayed information on his current condition and state of mind with this month’s Natsu Basho having been canceled, and over a month and a half to prepare for the relocated July tournament. On Tuesday, Takakeisho also gave details on his progress. “While we battle the unseen virus, I have hadContinue reading “Hakuho Remains Cautious, Takakeisho Resumes Full Contact Training”