Ozeki Takakeisho’s nightmare start to the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament continued as he lost to former komusubi Hokutofuji to suffer his third straight defeat. He wasn’t the only ozeki to be upset, with all three wrestlers at sumo’s second-highest rank losing on Day 3.

In the day’s penultimate bout, Takakeisho had the early momentum but could not finish off No. 1 maegashira Hokutofuji (1-2) with his initial charge. The pair traded blows around the ring before Hokutofuji, blood streaming from his nose, thrusted the winded ozeki down.

Having come into the tournament looking to earn promotion to sumo’s top rank of yokozuna, the 24-year-old Takakeisho will now almost certainly face a longer wait.

In the day’s final bout, former sekiwake Mitakeumi (2-1) was never in danger, driving an out-of-sorts Asanoyama straight from the ring.

Former sekiwake Daieisho opened with a hard hit to Shodai’s chest and maintained his momentum to thrust the ozeki out backwards.

In other Day 3 results, sekiwake Terunofuji improved to 2-1 with an easy victory against No. 4 Tochinoshin (1-2).

No. 3 Onosho improved to 3-0 by beating Takanosho (2-1), his second straight sekiwake victim following Terunofuji on Day 2.

Hatsu Basho: Day 3 Makuuchi Results