Shonanzakura steps away from the ring, but not without high praise from his coach and fans.
January 21, 2019, was the ninth day of the Hatsu Basho, the annual sumo tournament held at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan arena. On that day, sumo wrestler Shonanzakura stepped into the ring against opponent Houn, and emerged victorious.
▼ Shonanzakura defeating Houn
— Watamotist (@watamotist) August 25, 2021
It was the last sumo match Shonanzakura would ever win.
That might sound ominous, but Shonanzakura didn’t suffer a career or life-ending accident after the contest. Time hadn’t caught up