The bigger they are, the harder they fall! Sumo champion with 130-pound and 9½ inch height advantage takes on smaller wrestler with a surprise result
- Yokozuna grand champion, Hakuho Sho, took on smallest fighter in the division
- Sho stands at 6ft 3in and weighs nearly 25st and took on 5ft 6in, 16st, Enho Akira
- Mongolian-born Sho has lifetime record for most wins in sumo’s top competition
- Akira managed to flip his gargantuan opponent out of the ring to claim victory
A sumo wrestling champion took on the smallest fighter in the top division in a David and Goliath contest in Japan.
Hakuho Sho, who currently holds the yokozuna grand champion title, stands at 6ft 3ins and weighs in at nearly 25st.
Mongolian-born Sho has held the title of yokozuna for longer than any other sumo wrestler in history.
He also has the lifetime record for most wins in sumo’s top makuuchi division.
But that did not deter opponent, Enho Akira, who at just 5ft 6ins tall and around 16st in weight is the smallest wrestler in the competition.
Hakuho Sho began the seemingly mismatched sumo bout by placing his hand on his diminutive opponent’s head
Despite his smaller stature, Enho Akira managed to flip his towering rival over his shoulder and out of the ring
The pair met in the 44th Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday, when there was a surprising result.
From the start the fight took on a comic appearance as Sho held Akira at arm’s length and repeatedly placed his hand on his rival’s forehead, as he towered over his diminutive adversary.
Both fighters were working out their game plan, with Akira slapping Sho’s hand away each time he put it on the small fighter’s head.
Sho stood at 6ft 3in and weighed in at nearly 25st, while Akira was just 5ft 6in and only 16st
Akira won the fight by suddenly grabbing Sho’s arm and pulling him off balance before gripping his loincloth to flip him over
After around 15 seconds Akira suddenly made his move by grabbing Sho’s wrist and pulling him downwards to knock him off balance.
Akira then gripped his opponent’s loincloth with both hands by ducking into his huge body.
He managed to flip his gargantuan opponent over his shoulder as he got closer and closer to the floor and lobbed him out of the ring to claim the upset victory.
Enho told Japanese media after the match: ‘It feels good, I’m happy. It’s something I’ll never forget.’