As Sacramento butchers Danny Johnson and Paul Carras prepare for the upcoming World Butchers Challenge in Ireland, they're also pushing for the next championship to be held in their own city.
"For 2020 we're trying to get it here in Sacramento," Johnson, the co-owner and butcher at Taylor's Market in Curtis Park, told ABC10. "We're very close to securing that."
Johnson said the competition would take place over Labor Day weekend at the Golden 1 Center as a way to kick-off the city's Farm to Fork month.
"If I had to bet on it right now...we probably have a 80 to 90 percent chance of it happening," he said. "The mayor's behind it, Visit Sacramento is behind it."
Johnson and Carras are two of the six butchers on the U.S. team competing next month at the World Butchers Challenge in Belfast, Ireland.
On Tuesday, they hosted their fellow teammates from across the country at Taylor's Market for their final rehearsal before the competition. This will be the first time the U.S. has competed.
"France won it last time...they seemed to beat the pants off everybody," Bryan Butler, a teammate from Austin, TX, said, "So they seem to be the team to beat this year."
The group said they're confident in their abilities, but are approaching the competition as the underdogs.
"France is Tom Brady," Johnson said, "And we're the Eagles."