- Butterbean claims he’s in his “best shape” ever and he wants to take Jake Paul to settle an apparent previous rift
- The 55-year-old likes a fight with “The Problem Child” to be the last of his career
For those who don’t know, Eric Esch, best known as “Butterbean” is one of the most vicious knockout artists to ever grace the ring. The 55-year-old has not fought professionally for nine long years but he wants to close his career out with a scrap against Jake Paul.
After retiring from fighting in 2013, the former heavyweight is planning on returning next year.
The Atlanta native, who used to weigh more than 400 lbs when he competed, took home the IBA (International Boxing Association) title by knocking out Ed White in 1997.
Butterbean is back
Throughout his illustrious career, Butterbean has always been stout and seemingly overweight. However, the boxing legend claims that he has trimmed down and is in his best fighting form ever. More importantly, he is making his return to fight for the last time and he wants it to be against Paul “one year from now.”
“I’m working with DDP to get up walking and running around again and I’m feeling the best shape I ever have,” Esch said on Instagram. “I’m at fight weight. You’ll have to listen to my podcast coming up to find exactly how much weight I have lost, but I haven’t weighed this in over 20 years so that’ll give you an idea.”
“The big announcement is I’m gonna fight one last fight,” he declared. “It’s gonna be one year from now. Jake Paul, if you’re ready, I’m here for you my friend. Let’s get it on, me and you Jake Paul.”
Jake started it
While some might be wondering why all of a sudden Esch set his sights on Paul. It appears that “The Problem Child” was the one who started it.
Apparently, Paul took a dig on Esch when he refuted comparisons with Butterbean and told everyone who likens the attention he’s getting to that of the boxing legend, “they can go f*** off” in November 2020.
Butterbean is now looking to settle it inside the ring.
“I bet it would be an awesome fight,” the 55-year-old said of a fight with Paul. “After you said what you said about me in the magazine, I’m ready to fight you. Are you ready? I don’t think so.”
Nothing is solid yet between both parties but one thing certain is that it would surely be a massive fight.
In December, Paul knocked out Tyron Woodley with just one punch in a rematch between the two. He’s got an unbeaten record of 5-0.