Hot dog champ who beat Joey Chestnut explains how Takeru Kobayashi can do it too

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It’s gonna beryllium a existent canine fight.

Only 1 man has beaten Joey Chestnut successful nan past 17 years of nan July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating title – and he says his latest competitor, and erstwhile arch nemesis, tin do it to.

Matt Stonie hit Chestnut 62 franks to 60 successful nan 2015 version of nan sausage fest – nan jewel successful nan crown of nan pro eating circuit.

Although nan reigning champion, Chestnut, 40, will skip this year’s Nathan’s title in bid to return connected his aged rival, Japanese powerfulness eater Takeru Kobayashi – who has been disconnected nan US eating circuit successful caller years.

In bid for Kobayashi, 46, to triumph, Stonie says he will person to beryllium focused and train difficult – but also, surprisingly, rest.

“Joey is nan astir ascendant competitory eater of immoderate era. I put a batch of effort into it and it took 5 years from erstwhile I started to erstwhile I hit him.”

The “turning point” successful his training nan twelvemonth anterior to winning was moving retired little and dieting more, he detailed.

Instead of maintaining a ludicrous workout regime, he would attraction connected h2o intake and “letting my assemblage remainder alternatively of conscionable beating it up.” 

Leading up to nan 2015 competition, Stonie said he’d navigator up 50-65 basking dogs, group a 10-minute timer, put connected immoderate music, and effort to decorativeness them all.

Matt Stonie – nan only man to person beaten Joey Chestnut successful nan past 17 years of nan July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating title – and he says his latest competitor, and erstwhile arch nemesis Takeru Kobayashi, tin do it to. Paul Martinka

He’d past “basically conscionable veg out” for 2 to 3 days earlier doing it each complete again, “that’s nan clip it takes to recover,” he said. 

“A batch of training boils down to conscionable getting acquainted pinch nan nutrient and practicing.  One point seems a small antagonistic intuitive, I was really exercising little and letting my assemblage remainder alternatively of conscionable beating it up.”

Competitive eating fable Kobayashi was nan July 4 winner, hoisting nan ‘Mustard Belt’ for six consecutive years from 2001 to 2006.

He past mislaid to Chestnut successful a abrupt decease title aft nan brace tied successful 2008 and lost again successful 2009.

Matt Stonie hit Chestnut 62 franks to 60 successful nan 2015 version of nan sausage fest – nan jewel successful nan crown of nan pro eating circuit. Paul Martinka

By that clip he had a aesculapian title successful his jaw – communal among competitory eaters, who person to rigorously train their mouths, but appears to person utilized it to his advantage.

However, he made a comeback astatine a astonishment unofficial parallel quality astatine different location successful New York successful 2011, wherever he scarfed 69 dogs – much than Joey’s 62 which won nan charismatic title connected Coney Island.

Stonie added: “He was going astir saying for illustration a problem pinch his jaw and past he showed up to and was amended than ever. So it’s a small funny to maine … possibly he was trying to sandbag a small bit.  I cognize competitors, you know, blameworthy of doing worldly for illustration that.” 

Although Kobayashi has earned his position arsenic a legend, connected May 21 he announced his status from master eating, quipping he conscionable wasn’t quiet anymore and wanted to “repair my encephalon and gut.”

In bid for Kobayashi, 46, to triumph, Stonie says he will person to beryllium focused and train difficult – but also, surprisingly, rest. Getty Images for 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

However, that appears to person been a bluff since little than a period later it was announced he will return portion successful nan Labor Day typical “Chestnut Vs. Kobayashi: Unfinished Beef”.

Stonie, who is astir 130 lb and 5 ‘8, is retired of nan basking canine crippled and now champion known arsenic a YouTube influencer.

He regularly takes connected chaotic nutrient challenges, specified arsenic eating a 100-layer lasagna aliases polishing disconnected 20,000 calories successful 1 sitting, which person earned him complete 3 cardinal views successful total.

Still, he calls nan triumph against Chestnut 1 of “the astir unforgettable moments of his career.”


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