Yokozuna Hakuho, winner of a record 45 Emperor’s Cups, has decided to call it a career, a source familiar with the matter said. The 36-year-old Mongolian-born wrestler had been considering retirement after failing to recover from a right knee injury that has kept him out of tournaments in recent years, according to the source.
Hakuho appeared to be on the comeback trail when he returned to the ring to win the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in July with a perfect 15-0 record, after missing all or part of the previous six tournaments due to injuries and a COVID-19 infection. With 1,187 career wins and 1,093 makuuchi division wins, Hakuho’s career was filled with records and defining moments.
The 69th yokozuna in the ancient sport’s history, Hakuho, whose Mongolian name is M.Davaajargal, debuted in the spring of 2001 and won his first top-division title at the summer meet in May 2006, when he first fought at the second-highest rank of ozeki.
Standing 192 cm tall and weighing 155 kg, Hakuho was known for his wide-ranging attacking style and reached the highest rank of yokozuna ahead of the Nagoya meet in July 2007 aged 22 years and two months. Hakuho acquired Japanese citizenship in September 2019, giving him the right to run his own stable of wrestlers in the future.