Maegashira 2 surprises Yokozuna Harumafuji
Shohozan scored an impressive win over Harumafuji on the 3rd day of the Hatsu basho in Tokyo. Any win by a rank and file rikishi over a Yokozuna is a termed a “gold star win” or Kinboshi. These wins permanently boost the pay of the winning wrestler.
Shohozan unleashed a blistering attack, similar to the one used against Yokozuna Kakuryu on day 2. Today Shohozan prevailed and scored his third kinboshi. All of Shohozan’s gold star wins have been against Harumafuji, who lost to his second consecutive rank and file Maegashira.
Harumafuji has now lost twice in the first three days, and it’s clear his ankle injuries are reducing his ability to deliver of his fast paced, run-and-gun sumo.