Wow, it’s already time for Natsu basho! Bruce is actually there and I am supremely jealous. What I would give for some decent katsu right now…Getting back to sumo, though. Bruce noted that the schedule for the first two days has been posted.
My match of the day is Yokozuna Harumafuji vs Sekiwake Kotoshogiku. Very early on we’re going to see these two recent yusho winners go head-to-head in really a must-win situation for both. Harumafuji will want to show that he is healthy and put forth a strong basho to quiet the retirement speculation. Kotoshogiku, however, will want to put together an Ozeki run and will need to take as many scalps as he can. In this case, both are up against the wall.
Kisenosato vs Yoshikaze, on paper, is a great matchup. In reality, however, I just hope Kise is doing the right thing by not going kyujo. Endo/Terunofuji will be another interesting bout, along with Ikioi vs Hokutofuji. My mind, however, is on katsu (it’s lunchtime in the US).