Herouth called this. Hakuho is kyujo, according to the NHK. I must be blind because even after she wrote this, I went back and rewatched it and didn’t think anything was that bad. He clearly was not prime Hakuho but who would expect “prime” Hakuho at this point in his career, with 6 months off AND having only just recovered from Covid? (Yes, the only apparent symptom was the loss of taste but we’re still early understanding the longterm effects.) Onosho will benefit from the walkover win.
This leads me to seriously doubt that we will see either Yokozuna complete a full fortnight of action, whether we’re talking about May, July, September, November. All of these young-guns are eager for their shot and does anyone seriously think either of these men will be happy with a 10-5 record, out of contention during the final weekend?
Hakuho's tachiai was a mistake. Doing that feint harite allowed Takarafuji to slip in his left easily. Then Hakuho had a problem to solve. And that knee, I'm sure, didn't like the time it took to solve it.— ヘルット (BASHO SPOILERS!) (@SumoFollower) March 15, 2021