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Joey Chestnut talks about contest, no Kobayashi

Updated: July 4, 2011, 12:01 PM ET
By Lynn Hoppes

Primed and ready, Joey Chestnut is the favorite in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday at Coney Island.

A lot of message board commenters are crowing that it's not really a fair fight because Chestnut's biggest adversary, Takeru Kobayashi, isn't competing.

For six years (2001 to 2006), Kobayashi ruled the hot dog eating contest with his thin build (5-foot-8, 130 pounds) and unconventional ways of jiggling while eating.

In 2001, the 33-year-old ...

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