Harumafuji finishes New Year tournament with perfect 15-0 record
Yokozuna Harumafuji beat fellow Yokozuna Hakuho to finish the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record before a packed house at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sunday.
The Mongolian grand champion had already won the tournament on Saturday, but finished in style by forcing out Hakuho who finished at 12-3.
Harumafuji had a lot to prove in only his second tournamnt as a yokozuna. His debut as a yokozuna in November finished with a lowly nine wins and six losses, prompting a panel of sumo advisers to say he was unsuitable for the rank.
Grand champions who do not get double-digit wins come under heavy pressure to retire (they are never demoted).
Harumafuji said he had been able to strengthen himself mentally and physically this time, according to NHK.