Defending Champ Joey Chestnut Manhandles Protester Before Record 15th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Win

Joey Chestnut chomped his way to the top of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest again Monday, winning a record-setting 15th victory at the annual Fourth of July competition — even while putting an interloper in a chokehold mid-event. The 37-year-old gobbled down 63 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, a far cry from the record 76 he devoured last year. The number still eviscerated that of Chestnut’s closest competitor, Geoffrey Esper, by 20 dogs.

Defending his belt while on crutches and taking down a protestor midway? Now that’s a true champion.

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