According to the Nikkei Shimbun, Hakuho sparred with Kaisei the other day, winning all fourteen bouts. Kaisei seemed to be checking his right knee but hopefully he’ll be ready to go this weekend*. (If I took on Hakuho, I’m pretty sure my knee would be the least of my worries, so I’m not reading too much into Kaisei’s soreness.) Since Kaisei is pretty far down the banzuke, I hope he will do well and ease back into the upper maegashira ranks where he seems to belong.
The real point of this post is the hidden tidbit buried in the third paragraph that I’m embarrassed to say I did not realize before. This is the longest yusho dry spell of Hakuho’s long and distinguished Yokozuna career. Perhaps a little extra motivation? I like to see that Hakuho and Kisenosato are being rigorous in their tournament prep.