Those that compete in sumo competitions have been known to be one of the top athletes in the world. Due to their strength and durability, Rikishi’s train and compete in multiple tournaments to earn the status of Yokozuna’s. That includes the current and future stars of the sport.
“Sumo Sundays” are back to teach those unfamiliar with the sport all they need to know. This week, FIGHT SPORTS opens up the vault to talk about one of the top sumo stars in the world. To get an introduction to the sport, check out the provided link.
One of three Yokozuna’s to not be of Japanese decent, Hakuho Sho has won 43 Makuuchi championships and one Juryo. The 34-year-old made his debut in 2001 and earned the status of Yokozuna in 2007 at the age of 22. This was during a 15-0 run. One of the highest honors one can receive is the Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize, which was awarded Hakuho in 2010.
The 348-pound star, who is over six feet, holds a number of records in sumo, including:
- Wins as a Yokozuna (858)
- Career wins (1,146)
- Most wins in a calendar year (86). That record was reached in 2009 and repeated in 2010.
- Undefeated Championship wins (15)
- Top division Championship wins (43)
Hakuho’s style is known for utilizing the yorikiri (the force-out), using his strong pushing technique to topple any opponent in his way. Some of the moves he utilizes include migi-yotsu, which involves a famous left hand outside grip, and an initial charge that allows him to utilize his force to match or outperform his opponent.
Recently, Hakuho has been recovering from injuries from years of competition. He has not competed in two tournaments in a row for the first time since 2017.
Get ready to see Hakuho during the Olympics, where he was nominated to be a torchbearer for the Summer Games.