Banzuke reaction from Terunofuji, Ichinojo
Terunofuji met with reporters after the release of
the Natsu basho banzuke Monday morning following his impressive 13-2
record at the Haru basho that earned him jun-yusho honors and two
special prizes. When asked about his future goals in sumo, he responded,
"My aim is to become the first Ozeki born in the Heisei era, and I hope
to reach the rank this year." The youngster was flanked by his stable
master, Isegahama-oyakata, who added, "He's really putting a lot of
thought into his sumo. His focus now needs to be the tachi-ai and not
letting his opponent get to the inside."
town, Ichinojo held his own press conference were he was asked about
Terunofuji and his breakout basho in March, "I don't want to lose to
him." When asked about his goals for the basho, he replied, "I want to
work harder and aim for a higher rank. My goal is not to fall back down
to the Maegashira level." Ichinojo's stable master, Minato-oyakata,
stated, "I'm trying to get him to lift up on his opponent once he gets
the right arm to the inside. Up until now, even with the right to the
inside, he's still letting his opponents fight from a position of force.
If he can lift up into the opponent's arm, they won't be able to do
anything. We're studying tape for former Yokozuna Musashimaru's tactics.
It won't come that easy to him, but I want him to practice it at
de-geiko." When asked about Ichinojo's likelihood of facing Hakuho on
day 1, he responded, "He's going to have to face him some time, so it's
no problem. He's got the power, so the key now is to see how many elite
guys he can beat."