(TMZ) Joey Chestnut says he’s been training like Rocky in the “Rocky IV” montage — killing himself to get his 4th of July hot dog eating title back … and says he’s in the BEST eating shape of his life!!!!
Chestnut — sporting a playoff beard — shockingly lost his championship belt to Matt Stonie last year — who destroyed 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes … defeating Chestnut, who only put down 60.
But Joey tells TMZ Sports … he’s been busting his ass to get back in top form — and brags that he recently broke his own wiener record of 69 … by woofing down 73.5 at the July 4th qualifier!!!!
Joey Chestnut – sets new record by eating 68 franks in annual contest.
NEW YORK – Joey Chestnut ate his way to a sixth straight win at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island on Wednesday, tying his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle.
The 28-year-old San Jose, Calif., man nicknamed “Jaws” scarfed down 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes in the sweltering summer heat to take home $10,000 and the mustard yellow belt. He bested his main rival by 16 dogs.
“I feel good, it was a great win,” Chestnut said after the contest, adding he wished he could have eaten a record number of hot dogs for the audience. “I tried my best. I’m looking forward to next year already.”
Second place went to Tim Janus of New York with 52 hot dogs, who received $5,000. Third place went to Patrick Bertoletti of Chicago with 51, who won $2,500 read more…