Eric "Butterbean" Esch has been in the news these past couple weeks. In the wake of his shocking victory over Anthony Joshua, Internet trolls compared Andy Ruiz Jr. to the legendarily tough, yet heavily overweight Butterbean. It's hard to find a bigger character in the history of boxing than Butterbean. We explore his "toughman" roots, Sega Genesis covers, Wrestlemania appearances and epic showdowns with Johnny Knoxville.
The man fought Larry Holmes in his final professional bout in 2002 and TKO'd Peter McNeeley before that. It's time to take a complete and total look at Butterbean and explore what his legacy means to boxing.