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Joey Chestnut: Jaws Will Chomp His Way to Another Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Title

NEW YORK - JULY 4: Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California walks on stage holding his old champion belt as the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest begins on July 4, 2009 in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Chestnut defeated Takeru Kobayashi of Nagano, Japan with eating 68 to his 64.5 hotdogs. Kobayashi won six previous competitions before tying last year with Chestnut. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2012

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has successfully turned a frat house-like trick into a ticket to stardom. He is the reigning champion at Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating championship.

He is set to defend his competitive eating title tomorrow on ESPN.

Chestnut isn't the first of his kind, many sports fans are familiar with the name Kobayashi. No, not the character—or non-character—from The Usual Suspects, but the competitive eating legend.

Nicknamed the Tsunami, Kobayashi owned the hot dog eating record before Chestnut broke it in 2007. Chestnut has continued his dominance and record-setting ways in competitive eating.

He is the five-time Nathan's Hot Dog Eating champion, having beaten Kobayashi from 2007-2009, and obliterating the Kobayashi-less field in 2010 and 2011.

There is no reason to believe Chestnut won't gobble his way to another victory this year.

His eating exploits go beyond just hot dogs. Chestnut owns world records in asparagus, pork ribs and other food consumption, this according to the Major League Eating and International Federation of Competitive Eating.

Believe it or not, he weighs only 230 pounds.

If you want to catch Jaws put away dozens of dogs, here are the details of ESPN's coverage: 


10:00 a.m.: Pre-Show Begins

11:30 a.m.: Women's Championship, ESPN3

12:00 p.m.: Men's Championship, ESPN3

3:00 p.m.: Men's Championship (tape-delay), ESPN

4:00 p.m.: Men's Championship (tape-delay), ESPN2


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