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A college student named Josh Swain from Tucson, Arizona had the idea for the Josh Fight. He was bored because of the coronavirus pandemic, and this gave him the idea. He talked about it on April 24, 2020. After a screenshot of a Facebook Messenger group chat involving several users named Josh spread widely on the internet, many people learned about the Josh Fight.
Swain told other people named Josh Swain to meet at a set of coordinates, where they would fight for the right to be the only person to be called "Josh Swain." Later, more people with the first name Josh became interested. Swain meant this as a joke, but several hundred people showed up on the day of the event. Despite the title, there was no violence involved and the gathering was lighthearted. Fighting involved playing rock, paper, scissors and hitting each other with pool noodles made of light foam. The fighters raised over $7000 for charity. A four-year-old fighter, Joshua Vinson Jr., nicknamed "Little Josh," won the fight.
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