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Akebono’s pioneering career took him from Waimanalo to the top of sumo in Japan

Ferd Lewis
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                                A tear fell down Akebono’s face as his stable master, Daigoro Azumazeki, chopped off his topknot during his 2001 retirement ceremony in Tokyo.
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A tear fell down Akebono’s face as his stable master, Daigoro Azumazeki, chopped off his topknot during his 2001 retirement ceremony in Tokyo.

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                                Akebono sent Tochinowaka out of the ring in 1992.
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Akebono sent Tochinowaka out of the ring in 1992.

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 1992
                                Akebono, right, pushed down his fellow Hawaii wrestler Musashimaru on his way to win the Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka in 1992.
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Akebono, right, pushed down his fellow Hawaii wrestler Musashimaru on his way to win the Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka in 1992.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                A tear fell down Akebono’s face as his stable master, Daigoro Azumazeki, chopped off his topknot during his 2001 retirement ceremony in Tokyo.
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Akebono sent Tochinowaka out of the ring in 1992.
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 1992
                                Akebono, right, pushed down his fellow Hawaii wrestler Musashimaru on his way to win the Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka in 1992.