Abi strikes at Takakeishō’s hopes of a yokozuna promotion
aloud Takakeisho fell to first place. 2 maegashira Abi for his second loss in four days at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, which dealt a blow to his yokozuna way of promotion
New Year’s Eve champion Takakeisho (2-2), who was striving to reach the highest sports rank by winning the Emperor’s Cup here, was quickly overtaken by Abi (3-1). The winner of the November competition in Kyushu, Abi, immediately jumped to the right and swung the ozeki around his neck.
Ozeki, who appeared to have injured his left leg during Tuesday’s win, tried to stay inside the raised ring but was powerless to avoid being slapped at Osaka’s Edion Arena.
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