All eyes have been turned to Shodai and his deserved ozeki promotion, following his maiden yusho win. But sumo fans were awaiting news from the former ozeki Kotoshogiku. More precisely, his 2-10-3 record in Aki means certain demotion to juryo, and the question was if the Fukuoka-born wrestler would hang on or call it a day.
And here’s his decision: Kotoshogiku goes on fighting!
He’ll turn 37 in January 2021, but certainly has some energy left. But first of all, he’ll have to heal properly, if he wishes to target an immediate makuuchi return.
Ozeki going on wrestling in juryo are seldom seen. Of course, a very recent example one someone doing so is Terunofuji.
For the record, Kotoshogiku became an ozeki in November of 2011. He lost that rank after the January tournament of 2017, and fail to collect ten wins in Osaka, the same year.
He has won one makuuchi yusho in his career, in January 2016 – as an ozeki.
Giku has kept wrestling after the loss of the ozeki status for three and a half year, now. He has collected three kinboshi in the process.
Let’s hope to see him back in makuuchi by the beginning of 2021. Hakkeyoi!