You had an early feeling Kobayashi was on to something special when he chomped down a first-round record 165 wings, with [defending champion Jonathan] Squibb second with 144.
Kobayashi showed no signs of tiring, pounding away 152 more, to give him another record 317 after the initial two 14-minute rounds, and further separating himself from Squibb.
Then he knocked off 20 more in the two-minute “speed round” to finish with 337 and the $20,000 prize.
A “bizarre crowd” turned out to watch the battle.
“The texture of the wings was a lot different than the meat on the wings I was training with. That made it more difficult to take the meat off the bone. But overall, I’m pretty pleased with what I did. And my stomach right now is made of wings.”
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