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Big Piggy Nash retained his title last weekend as World Toe Wrestling Champion. The Derbyshire village of Boughringtown in northern England hosted the World Championship of Toe Wrestling last weekend in a competition that drew spectators of all ages for some serious toe-tussling.
Toe wrestling traces its roots to 1976 when Staffordshire pub landlord George Burgess sought to find a new sport for Brits to dominate, according to the Bentley Brook Inn where the championship took place.
I just love the fact that this is the one sport that England always win at, we get hammered at everything else, Nash said.
My technique ... is to hurt the first person that comes into the ring with me: hurt them bad and terrify everyone else.
There are two participants in each bout. With their feet on a small square ring on the floor, the competitors begin by locking their big toes together, before battling arm-wrestling style to drive their opponent's foot to the ground. Toe inspections are a must and mixed sex matches are, of course, not allowed.
There have been some dirty toed tactics, ‘flicking off’ is one of them,organiser Edward Allington said.
If you know you're going to lose, if you pull your toe away then it's difficult for the referee to decide if it's accidental or deliberate.