Friday night October 14th is a date you may want to mark on your calender as former boxer turned MMA fighter Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch (77-8-4, 58 KO’s) gets back in action taking on Curt Allan (7-1-1, 3 KO’s) in the scheduled main event of a fight card held at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana.
If getting your money’s worth is what you’re after, then no better dollar value can you get when ‘Butterbean’ is in the ring.
Sometimes referred to as ‘The King of the Four Rounders’, Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch seemed poised for retirement after losing a four round (what else?) split decision in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, some two years ago.
Born in Bay City, Michigan, and now residing in Jasper, Alabama, the ever charasmatic ‘Butterbean’ told me some years ago how he was looking forward to going home to Jasper, “Opening my own Bar-B-Q joint with some of the best tasting meat you’ll ever find on my menu“, and peacefully retiring.
The 45 years-old Esch takes on the 47 years-old Allan in what many would consider a waste of good money were it not for the fact that a ‘Butterbean’ fight will most always be entertaining, and definitely crowd pleasing.
Standing 5 feet 11 inches and weighing somewhere in the heavyweight/super heavyweight category (he tips the scales somewhere around 400 pounds), Esch is hard to defeat in four rounds or less and whether you love him or hate him he gives a true ‘bang for the buck’ whether he wins or loses.
When so many others have decided to make ridiculous ‘comebacks’, why would/should we expect ‘Butterbean’ to sit silently on the sidelines when he actually provided as much entertainment value as most during their prime.
He has become enthralled with ‘keeping the peace’ in his Jasper, Alabama, community and being featured in a reality show allows the audience to know and love the ‘Butterbean’ most coming into contact with him can appreciate.
We’ll see if Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch ‘still has it’ and is still entertaining as an MMA fighter/boxer/reality tv star, or if that Bar-B-Q business needs his full-time attention.
The Rock Boxing owners Troy and Tasha Morris remain committed to helping find abducted women by offering the next FREE self-defense class at 1 PM on Saturday, October 22nd in their facility located at 3225 South Wadsworth, Unit S, in Lakewood.
Although the class is free, any donations offered will go directly to the Kenia Monge Foundation that helps support families of victims of violent crimes.
In addition, the Morris duo of Tasha and Troy is planning a class in Pueblo to benefit the family of Angelica Sandoval who was abducted from her home back on February 23rd of this year, and has not been seen nor heard from since.
Contact Tasha Morris by e-mail [email protected], or phone The Rock Boxing 303-984-4889.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com