Known for his pushing and thrusting techniques, Takakeisho exploded out of the box driving into Kotoshoho but quickly shifted gears seizing an underhook on his opponent's right side and executing a beautiful arm throw for the win. It was his first title since 2020 and third overall, which may merit consideration of promotion to sumo's highest rank, yokozuna.
Currently, Takakeisho is the only holder of ozeki, the sport's second highest rank. Terunofuji, sumo's only reigning yokozuna, missed the New Year tournament recovering from double knee surgery. It was the third straight tournament he's missed all or part of.
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