Greatest hot-dog eater defends Nathan's crown on July 4

Greatest hot-dog eater defends Nathan's crown on July 4
Posted at 3:39 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 03:30:49-04

(RNN) – The greatest American champion of the most singularly American contest in all of competitive sport will put his title on the line on the 239th birthday of America, where people like to eat a lot.

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Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, born in the hills of Kentucky but hailing from San Jose, CA, last year ate an astounding 70 hotdogs in 10 minutes and won back the mustard belt from Matt Stonie, who last year broke his 8-year stranglehold on the title only days after Chestnut’s fiancee dumped him.

Now on the cusp of his 10th championship, Chestnut has promised to annihilate the all-star panel of the world's best competitive eaters, but he singled out his nemesis Stonie for particular scorn.

“I’m gonna crush you and your skinny jeans,”  said Chestnut, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs a manly 230 pounds, in an interview with TMZ Sports. Stonie is 5-foot-8 and weighs a lot less than 230.

Stonie, as calm and resolute as his name would imply, has prepared for his own redemption.

Only last week, he astonished spectators by consuming four In-N-Out 4x4 burgers in a 2:59, a feat heretofore considered impossible for a mere human.

Meanwhile, stellar newcomer Carmen Sincotti waits all but unnoticed in the wings, fully capable of staggering the world with a surprise victory.

Chestnut's equal in world dominance is women's champion Miko Sudo, who chewed her way to a third straight title, crushing 38.5 dogs, defeating fading former cham Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas.

Sudo is in a class by herself, with the faltering Thomas her closest competition.

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