Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Newest Makuuchi Wrestler Already Has Look of a Champion

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Newest Makuuchi Wrestler Already Has Look of a Champion

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A 26-year-old Mongolian wrestler has been elicting memories of a retired yokozuna, and not because of his wrestling style or techniques.

Seiro, who will make his debut in the uppermost makuuchi division at the upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, is said to resemble former Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu, who retired five years ago.

The link goes deeper than a facial resemblance. It was Asashoryu who paved the way for Seiro to enter the sumo world.

Seiro's name means "blue wolf," with one of the kanji characters taken from that of Asashoryu, who now goes by his real name of Dolgorsuren Dagvadorj.

Unlike his well-known compatriot, who quickly made his way to the sumo's highest rank, Seiro needed 10 years to reach the makuuchi division. "I'm looking forward to putting on a good performance [in Nagoya]," he said.

Seiro's father is a former wrestler who reached a rank equivalent to sekiwake in Mongolian-style sumo. However, Seiro did not participate in the sport before entering the Shikoroyama stable. At the time of his debut, the 1.83-meter Seiro weighed just 83 kilograms. …

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