Midorifuji leads as Osaka tournament left without ozeki or yokozuna after Takakeisho’s withdrawal

Rank-and-file grappler Midorifuji stayed unbeaten Saturday to take the outright lead after seven days of the Spring Grand Sumo Match, the place the motion contained in the ring was overshadowed by the harm withdrawal of lone ozeki Takakeisho.

The 15-day match at Edion Enviornment Osaka turned the primary for the reason that begin of Showa Period in 1926 to be contested and not using a wrestler from sumo’s prime two ranks after Takakeisho’s withdrawal, coupled with the absence of lone yokozuna Terunofuji following surgical procedure.

The 26-year-old Takakeisho ended his bid for a second straight championship and yokozuna promotion after pulling out earlier within the day with a left knee harm.

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