I am not a big fan of Sumo but I like folowing it because I enjoy the way the Mongolians are dominating this ancient Japanese sport. The current grand champions, Asashoryu and Hakuho, are both from Ulaan Bator, Mongolia. Most of the rikishi (wrestlers) are giving these guys too much respect. But there is one skillful but not-so-big Mongolian rikishi who gives them trouble each time he faces them. His name is Harumafuji. While Hakuho and Asashoryu weigh 154kg and 153kg respectively, Harumafuji weighs only 128kg. You certainly would not expect a man of Harumafuji’s size to mount any serious challenge against his heavier compatriots. But Harumafuji uses a combination of skill and swiftness to defeat them. He does not give them too much respect like the likes of Baruto do.
In the 2009 January tournament, he dented Hakuho’s perfect record on the 10th Day of the 15 day tournament and here is the video:
Yesterday marked the 10th Day of the ongoing 2009 March tournament. And guess what? Now, his victim was Asashoryu and here is the video:
He is yet to fight Hakuho in this tournament but one thing that you must know is that he has no respect for his highly fancied compatriots.