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Eric Esch, known throughout the boxing world as “Butterbean", is making a comeback into the world of boxing. The forty-five year old heavyweight hasn't fought since a 2009 four-round split decision loss to Harry Funmaker. Two years on, and nearing the same age as George Foreman when he came back to win a title belt, Butterbean has decided to step back into the ring. 

Butterbean vs Weight
Butterbean is a well-known and very popular boxer, but his boxing skills aren’t the reasoning for his huge fan base. In the most respectful way possible, Esch's wide frame gives him a novelty value no other boxer has.

He weighs in at 420 IB’s and for those who aren’t sure on how big that is, the average size for a Heavyweight of today is 15 stone (210 IB’s). Compare Butterbean’s size to one of the smaller Heavyweight’s fighting now e.g. Tomasz Adamek, and the difference in weight is more than double, so you could actually fit two Tomasz Adamek's inside Butterbean's frame. Basically, Butterbean is a big lad. It is for this reason that Butterbean has mostly fought in four round fights throughout his boxing career.

Not all of his fights have been four rounder’s however. Back in 2002 Butterbean had a ten round fight with a 52 year old Larry Holmes. It was expected by many to be a slug fest, but in the end it was just an average ten round fight with nothing too interesting going on.

The only talking point of the fight was in round ten when Holmes slipped to the canvas after he took a backwards step to avoid one of Butterbean’s haymakers. The referee wrongly ruled it a knockout, therefore giving Butterbean a 10/8 round. The two falsely-earned points were the only ones Butterbean scored in the entire fight.

Him getting thoroughly out-classed and out-worked by a fifty-two year old long past his peak does show us how good Butterbean actually is, and the answer is “Not very”. However, for a man of his size he has managed to go the distance (well, a third of the distance) in quite a few of his four rounders. All his other fights have ended with a KO, usually in the big-boned boxer's favour.

Why is Butterbean making a comeback?
First off, it isn't to try and capture a title. Unless Butterbean can knockout one of the Klitschkos within four rounds there is no danger of him squeezing a belt round his waist. Esch has a better reason for coming back; an actual love for the sport and its fans. He explained:
“A lot of fighters think as soon as the fight is over they can go home and realistically that's all they have to do. I enjoy being nice to the fans. My reward is when people tell me they enjoyed watching me fight. The fans are what make it worthwhile. If it wasn't for the fans, I would be done.”
Butterbean vs Curt Allen
His return fight is on October 14th against the unknown American boxer Curt Allen. Allen has a record of nine fights, seven wins, one loss and one draw. Looking at the fact that he has had so few fights but has already lost one, I can safely say that Allen is not one to watch for the future and his lack of fights compared to Butterbean may be the deciding factor in this bout. Both fighters have fairly high knockout ratios so the fight shouldn’t go the full four rounds. In that sense it is a 50/50 fight, but Butterbean’s experience will earn him another KO win to his legacy.

A lot of people may ask “Would Butterbean be a better boxer if he was thinner?” To that I say no. Being big makes Butterbean what he is today and when he does fight, he is fun to watch.

Written by Jake Wallwork (@WallworkJake on Twitter)

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