“It’s almost surreal to me that he is part of our stupid wing eating contest,” said Sportsradio 94 WIP’s Angelo Cataldi about Japanese eating machine Takeru Kobayashi’s participation in Wing Bowl XX Feb. 3 at Wells Fargo Center.
Kobayashi, a longtime champion of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, had been Cataldi’s white whale. “For the last ten years I’ve wanted Kobayashi in the event,” Cataldi said yesterday.
Cataldi saw Kobayashi inhale Twinkies on “Wendy Williams Show” (See video below) but does question his endurance. “ I don't know. He ‘s never eaten for this long in his great career,” Cataldi said. “From what I understand he is intently training on it. It would bring shame to him if he would lose,” Cataldi said noting that the Japanese love the pro eater.
Cataldi co-host and Wing Bowl creator Al Morganti says the girls are usually more interesting than the eating but that Kobayashi’s reinvigorated his interest in the outcome. He’s looking forward to see Jonathan “Super” Squibb take on Kobi and also five time Wing Bowl chamption Bill “El Wingador” Simmons.