Hakuho finishes off New Year tourney with perfect 15-0 record on Day 15
Asahi -- Jan 25
With his record-setting 33rd Emperor's Cup already in the bag, yokozuna Hakuho added a perfect 15-0 finish to his accomplishments on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 25.

Hakuho, who is still 29, had a weak face-off and took a full minute to get his hands firmly on fellow yokozuna Kakuryu's belt. Once he did, it was all over. He lowered his head and drilled forward with a powerful blitz that Kakuryu (10-5) could not resist.

Hakuho's 33 titles bests the record of former yokozuna Taiho--who many believe was the greatest wrestler of the postwar period--set in January 1971. Considering his youth and his continued overwhelming dominance in the ring, Hakuho should probably make sure he has a lot more room in his trophy cabinet.

"I thought about many things after I was assured of the title two days ago," Hakuho said. "My plan now is to relax and take things slowly."

He thanked his wife for the win. "I might have surpassed Taiho numerically, but mentally I still have a long way to go."

News source: Asahi
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