FORMER SUMO WRESTLER AKEBONO PREPARES FOR NEW YEARS BOUT IN TOKYO.
Hawaiian-born former sumo wrestler Taro Akebono (R), who has turned his
sights to the combat sport K-1, spars with former IBF heavyweight
champion Francois Botha during a practice session in Tokyo November 27,
2003. Akebono, the first foreign-born sumo grand champion, will fight
former NFL player Bob Sapp, now a popular martial arts hero, on New
Years Eve. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao