The Japan NewsThe two yokozuna will compete for the Emperor’s Cup on the final day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, as Kakuryu has one loss while Hakuho suffered his second loss on the tourney’s penultimate day Saturday.
Kakuryu will grab the Nagoya title if he defeats Hakuho in the last bout of the tournament. Hakuho, meanwhile, must beat Kakuryu to set up a playoff, then beat Kakuru again in order to take the Cup.
On the 14th day Saturday, Kakuryu quickly secured his opponent’s belt with his left arm and bulldozed sekiwake Mitakeumi (8-6) to the outside of the dohyo to mark his 13th win against one loss.
On the other hand, Hakuho, who is seeking a record-extending 43rd title, was quickly forced out by No. 5 maegashira Kotoshogiku (7-7) to post his second loss with 12 wins.
Earlier in the day, No. 16 maegashira Terutsuyoshi, who entered the day with two losses to trail the yokozuna, suffered a crucial third loss to No. 1 maegashira Hokutofuji, leaving the battle for the Nagoya title up to the yokozuna. Hokutofuji (9-5) slammed Terutsuyoshi’s head down in the center of the ring upon the jump off.