Talented youngster Atamifuji claimed his second ozeki victim of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in a one-sided battle with Kirishima on Tuesday.

The top-ranked maegashira quickly dispatched demotion-threatened "kadoban" ozeki Kirishima (1-2) in the final bout of Day 3 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, pushing him down as he tried to spin to the side.

Atamifuji (L) defeats ozeki Kirishima on the third day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan arena on May 14, 2024. (Kyodo)

Having also beaten ozeki Hoshoryu on the opening day, the 21-year-old Atamifuji (2-1) will continue aiming for his first promotion to the three distinguished "sanyaku" ranks against sekiwake Abi (2-1) on Wednesday.

"I'll just keep doing my best day to day, as always," Atamifuji said.

Hoshoryu (1-2) snapped out of his nightmare start to the 15-day tournament with a convincing force-out victory over No.1 maegashira Daieisho (2-1), showing quick hands to neutralize his thrusting attack before driving him over the edge from a low angle.

Ozeki Kotozakura (2-1) had little trouble pushing out second-ranked maegashira Hiradoumi (1-2).

New komusubi Onosato (2-1), bidding to claim his maiden Emperor's Cup faster than any wrestler in sumo history, was in control from the outset as he forced out third-ranked maegashira Tobizaru (1-2).

The other No. 3 maegashira, Takayasu, became the latest to withdraw from the tournament, joining the likes of yokozuna Terunofuji, ozeki Takakeisho and March champion Takerufuji on the injured list.

The 34-year-old former ozeki, who had impressive wins over Onosato and sekiwake Wakamotoharu (2-1), suffered a back injury in morning practice. He dropped to 2-1 after forfeiting his scheduled Day 3 bout against Abi.