Battle With Mitakeumi Tests Ozeki’s Resolve
Kisenosato has looked positively bored during the first four days of Hatsu. The Ozeki faced a variety of Maegashira, none of them took more than a few seconds to escort from the ring. While it was valuable instruction for the rank and file rikishi, sumo fans want to see Kisenosato open up his sumo and really work.
Expectations for the day 5 match with Mitakeumi were high, as Mitakeumi has been competing with great skill and power, already claiming a Yokozuna and Ozeki defeat.
This match did not disappoint, with Mitakeumi and Kisenosato engaging in a battle of massive strength, as each man sought to overpower the other. Mitakeumi successfully brought Kisenosato to the edge of the tawara, but could not finish him, but Kisenosato quickly pressed back and moments later won the match by yorikiri.
It was great sumo, and a thrill to watch. If Mitakeumi can deliver this kind of performance consistently, he is a worthy member of sumo’s upper ranks.