Day 3 is coming up for the January 2012 basho and here are some bouts to keep an eye out on.
Yokozuna: Hakuho (2-0) Vs Maegashira 1 (West): Aminishiki (0-2)
Hakuho maybe the top star of sumo BUT Aminishiki is nicknamed the giant killer for a reason. He has 7 kimboshi, which means wins by a Maegashira over a Yokozuna, including 2 of them over Hakuho (the last one being in 2008). Aminishiki has the MOST kimboshi of any current Maegashira and he maybe able to add another one.
Maegashira 11 (East): Fujiazuma (2-0) Vs Maegashira 13 (East): Chiyonokuni (2-0)
The ONLY match between two undefeated rikishi on Day 3, so this one means a lot to both men. One of these men’s 0 MUST go!!
Ozeki: Kotooshu (2-0) Vs Maegashira 1 (East): Takekaze (1-1)
Kotooshu has the edge over Takekaze in the head to head 12-5, BUT the two men have traded the last three wins with each other with Takekaze scoring the last win at the November 2011 basho. Takekaze also already has scored a win over a Yokozuna in this basho by beating Kotoshogiku on Day 1. Could he make it two Ozeki scalps?
Komosubi (East): Miyabiyama (0-2) Vs Ozeki: Kisenosato (2-0)
Kisenosato is starting out pretty strong in his first basho as ozeki and it may continue rolling on day 3. Miyabiyama maybe a former Ozeki himself but Kisenosato has had his number the last 10 straight times they fought and holds the overall head to head record of 15-4.
Ozeki: Baruto (2-0) Vs Maegashira 2 (West): Goeido (0-2)
These two men have traded wins with each other the last four times they met with Goeido winning the last one at the November 2011 basho. Goeido needs a win here or he will remain winless in 2012.
Sekiwake (East): Kakuryu (2-0) Vs Sekiwake (West): Toyonoshima (1-1)
The sekiwakes face of against each other on Day 3. Kakuryu has won four out of the last five matches between the two and has more momentum overall going into this match.