Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2017 Live Stream: Where To Watch Fourth Of July Competition On TV And Online

On July 4 in New York, it's Joey "Jaws" Chestnut against Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie.

The names sound like they come out of the gaudier side of professional wrestling. But this is the world of professional hot-dog eating and it's a serious sport, at least on Independence Day every year when Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place on the boardwalk in Coney Island.

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Chestnut has enjoyed a storied career. The 33-year-old from Fulton County, Kentucky, won his first title in Coney Island in 2007, beating Japan's most famous competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi. That year Chestnut also set a world record, eating 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

The San Jose State University graduate triumphed eight years in a row before he lost to Stonie in 2015, only to regain his title the next year.

Both of them will be back for this year's contest, which will be televised live on ESPN 2. There will also be a live stream on ESPN.com from 10.45 a.m. E.S.T.

On the women's side of the competition, the favorite is New York City native Miki Sudo. Sudo has been victorious for the past three years. Sudo's main rival looks to be the woman who came runner-up to her in 2016, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.

The winner gains possession of the Mustard Yellow International Belt for the year.