… how good do we know him ?
I’ve recently talked to a French sumo fan about Tokushoryu; and it was soon clear neither him nor I knew too much about the Nara-ken born rikishi.
He’s turning 34 years old today, and, first of all, I’d like to wish him a happy birthday!
He recently made himself famous with a stunning yusho win in January 2020, while holding the unwanted rank of “makuuchi’s ass” – the first division’s lowest rank.
The last man to clinch the title while ranked maegashira 17 was fighting before the modern era – it was Dewaminato, during the Haru basho of 1939, and he was not sitting at the bottom of makuuchi: the banzuke went as far as maegashira 18 West.
Seeing Tokushoryu competing in makuuchi at the beginning of 2020 was nothing short of miraculous by itself. Indeed, for those who remember his juryo scramble in November of the previous year, the future yusho winner was 4-7, after eleven days, and managed to win his four last bouts to get a much desired kachi koshi! Even so, Tokushoryu, who sat at juryo 1W, benefitted from Tomokaze’s unfortunate slide to get the final makuuchi spot – makuuchi’s ass.
Once back in makuuchi, Tokushoryu lost on day 2, in January 2020. It proved to be his only defeat during that tournament. Nothing, really, predicted such an incredible fairytale.
By the way, who was the winner of that seemingly unimportant bout, on day 2?
If Tokushoryu has been known of late to yo-yo between makuuchi and juryo, it has only been so since the beginning of his late career.
Can you remember his first makuuchi appearance?
Tokushoryu appeared in makuuchi as early as in July 2013. He continuously fought in the top division until September 2016, with the exception of a single juryo stint (September 2014). He went as high as maegashira 4 (in May 2015), but achieved double digit wins just once (11-4 in January 2015).
After that, Tokushoryu’s results began to falter, and got relegated to juryo thrice.
He managed to stunned everybody at the beginning of the year, though, and enjoys a remarkable late career. We can all wish him to surpass his current career best (maegashira 2), and to get his second kinboshi!