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CINCINNATI (AP) - The Old Spice Guy has won his hunk-off with Fabio.

(Photo courtesy Emmett Tullos III via Flickr)

Former football player Isaiah Mustafa has been lead spokesman for the Procter & Gamble Co. brand of men's body washes and deodorants for nearly two years, starring in a popular series of marketing campaigns relying heavily on YouTube, Twitter and other social media.

Now, he has held off a playful effort by the Italian model to become "the new Old Spice Guy."

In a series of videos culminating Thursday, the muscular pitchmen dueled in tongue-in-cheek challenges from one another and viewers. They held staring and whistling contests, bantered and gave advice on writing love letters and working out. P&G says Mustafa won based on consumer feedback such as "likes" and online comments.

They called the competition "Mano a Mano en El Bano" (hand-to-hand in the bathroom).

Mustafa said he wasn't worried, even though Fabio has been "the epitome of the sex symbol as a pitchman."

"Not at all," he told The Associated Press. "There are so many fans that enjoy the Old Spice Guy, there's not really a calling for him to disappear."

Even "the ferocious Ray Lewis," the Baltimore Ravens football linebacker, has taken a recent turn pitching Old Spice products, Mustafa pointed out.

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