We are underway with the Janauary 2012 basho and after a exciting first day of action we got some othe good matces coming up on day 2. I just wnt to do a little preview of matches and things to look out for on Day 2. Also remember you can watch all the action on our FB page Sumo Ring when we post them up! Enjoy!
Yokozuna: Hakuho (1-0) Vs Maegashira 1 (East): Takekaze (1-0)
Unless there is a more intriguing match, the Yokozuna match will always be the main event or at least main attraction of each day of action. His opponent Takekaze has only between Hakuho ONCE in their 12 meetings (and this was waaaay back in 2004 when both men were Maegashira. So to be honest nobody is really expecting a upset here…but anything can happen in the world of sumo.
Ozeki: Kotooshu (1-0) Vs Komosubi (East): Miyabiyama (0-1)
Miyabiyama is a long time veteran and former Ozeki himself. He hasn’t really been relevant in the yusho races in recent years BUT he is a solid competitor as evident for his long career in sumo (he’s been in the upper division of sumo since 1998!). Kotooshu has beaten Miyabiyama 21 times in their 26 meetings and has beaten him the last six times they faced BUT Kotooshu has definitely not looked very strong over the last year. So if I was too pick an upset my money would be on Miyabiyama.
Ozeki: Harumafuji (1-0) Vs Sekiwake (West): Toyonoshima (1-0)
Toyonoshima use to be a front runner for an Ozeki promotion but has faltered somewhat last year. He did however BEAT Harumafuji the last time they faced each other in the November 2011 basho. Harumafuji however holds the overall record over Toyonoshima with 23 wins compared to Toyonoshima’s 7.
Maegashira 1 (West): Aminishiki (0-1) Vs Ozeki: Kisenosato (1-0)
These guys have a pretty even rivalry with Aminishiki winning 12 of their matches and Kisenosato 17. They traded wins the last two times they met AND Aminishiki holds the record of most wins over a Yokozuna (kinboshi) at 7, meaning he knows what it takes to take the big boys down.
Ozeki: Baruto (1-0) Vs Maegashira 2 (East): Okinoumi (0-1)
Okinoumi is just on the verge to being a great rikishi and he can start this basho right with a big win over Bauto. He did beat Baruto the last time they faced at the November 2011 basho BUT Baruto defeated Okinoumi the two previous times they faced.
Sekiwake (east): Kakuryu (1-0) Vs Maegashira 2(West): Goeido (0-1)
Goeido may NOT have the edge over Kakuryu (he’s only won 3 of their 11 matches) BUT he has won 2 of the last four times they faced including their last meeting at the November 2011 basho. Kakuryu is looking to move to Ozeki by the end of the year and he definitely cant lose to Goeido.