Half-Pinoy sumo wrestler Takayasu Akira nears promotion to second highest rank
ABS-CBN Sports on May 26, 2017 06:07 PM
Filipino-Japanese rikishi Takayasu Akira (left), is one win away from reaching Ozeki, sumo's second highest rank. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
At 27 years old, Filipino-Japanese rikishi Takayasu Akira is closing in on being promoted to the Ozeki ranking, the penultimate level in sumo wrestling.
Boasting a stellar 9-2 win-loss record in Japan's Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, Takayasu is one win away from promotion to Ozeki.
Takayasu was born to a Japanese father and Filipino mother from Bohol, Bebelita Takayasu, and was actually a center fielder in his high school baseball team, before focusing on the art of sumo wrestling.
Standing at 6'1" and weighing 377 lbs., Akira has been making waves in the sumo wrestling scene overseas. He was already up for promotion in last year's tournament, but finished with a sub-par 7-8 record, three wins shy of a near-guaranteed promotion.
A tenth win would move him one level closer to the hallowed Yokozuna rank, the highest in sumo.