Thumb warriors are coming from all over the world to the UK in quest of a trophy and a £100 hamper. They will gather in Geldeston Locks on July 27 to compete in World Thumb Wrestling Championships. Did you ever hear about such tournament? If not, it is absolutely fine. Just get informed here. And, do not miss checking the best World Thumb Wrestling Championships betting odds.
Although the tournament is not so serious taking place in a pub near Beccles, it has been running for 11 years. Contestants come from many different countries including the US, Germany, Australia, China, and the UK to participate in the competition. Not to mention that the tournament has a dominant champ, Paul Browse. Online sportsbooks in Germany suggest he might secure a record of 4th title in a row. However, other contenders like Jed Bellis and Ian Korner are expected to pose a threat, according to World Thumb Wrestling Championships betting odds.
Thumb wrestling rules
Thumb wrestling features a head-to-head battle for three 60-second rounds. The two opponents make a tightly gripped handshake. Their elbows have to remain on the table, like in arm wrestling. The game kicks off with both wrestlers chanting “one, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war”. Thus, the winner has to pin the other competitor’s thumb long enough and say “one, two, three, four, I win thumb-a-war!” The competition runs all day, with both men and women competing separately for the world thumb wrestling title.
Paul Browse hopes to win 4th title in a row
Paul Browse, 36, had an epic victory in 2016, 2017, and 2018 finals. His wife Becky Browse has also won the title in 2016 and was runner up the following year. Paul will be back in action this year, hoping to walk away as the undisputed king with 4th title. His World Thumb Wrestling Championships betting odds value at 2, according to 22BET Sportsbook.
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Does Paul have a secret in winning? He said to Metro “It is not all about size, you can be tactical as well, like me – my thumbs are just quick and nimble and that is what is important”. Paul has acknowledged he did not take the competition seriously before, but now he exercises like professional athletes.
Bellis and Korner among top title challengers
Other talented wrestlers have been starring in the tournament before Paul Browse climbed the podium in 2016. Among them is Jed “Thumbbertaker” Bellis, the 2010 winner and 2009 finalist. According to online sportsbook news in Germany, Bellis tried to bounce back in 2014, only to lose in the final against Brad Collins. Bellis looks forward to challenge for the title this year with 5 odds. Another strong contender is the 2015 champions, Ian “Thumb Ra” Korner (9). However, he lost his title to Paul in 2016, and he is yet to make a come back.
World Thumb Wrestling Championships is not close for pro wrestlers. Everyone can take part, including yourself. If you fancy chances as a world class thumb wrestler register at wtwc, the official organizer. You can also check the full list of the contenders with a chance to win. Just read about the 22BET Sportsbook.