One of the top sumo stars to earn ozeki status, Kinenosato was attempting to win his first tournament in 2013 before retiring. With a record of 407-313 at the time, the 6’2 300-pound star faced off against Aminishiki. A maegashira at the time, the giant killer was looking to add one more name to his resume.
“Sumo Sundays” are back, as FIGHT SPORTS has opened up the vault. Inside Ryogouku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, the two faced off in a highly-anticipated matchup.
The fight was impactful even though it didn’t last long. Aminishiki started things off with a thrust, but then he stumbled backward right away. Following a frontal push down by Kinenosato, the bout was over. Kinenosato used Aminishiki’s momentum against him.
Aminishiki ended up holding some of the top records like wins, division appearances, and more before retiring. Kinenosato won his first championship in 2017 and was eventually promoted to yokozuna.