Butterbean Returns Saturday Night

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Butterbean, the self-proclaimed "King of the Four Rounders," is back! Colorful American heavyweight Eric "Butterbean" Esch (77-9-4, 58 KOs) will face Australia's Kirk Lawton (1-1, 1 KO) at the Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, NSW, Australia tomorrow.

Esch, 46, last fought in January 2012 dropping a unanimous decision to Curt Allan (then 7-1-1).

He was believed to have weighed over 400 lbs for that bout and should probably come in lighter tomorrow if he intends to turn back the clock in the ring.

So who is Kirk Lawton?

According to BoxRec, Butterbean's opponent is a 6'1" 41 year old from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Both of his pro fights took place in 2005. He won the first by knockout and lost the second via unanimous decision.

All smiles 'Down Under,' Butterbean is looking to deliver a crowd-pleasing performance.

Esch, a grandfather of three now, told the Herald Sun, "You can beat the hell out of someone, they can beat the hell out of you but then you have a beer together later."

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"People want to see a brawl and that's what I give them - that's why they like to come see me fight," he added.

Butterbean developed a cult following after he burst onto the Toughman Contest scene in Texarkana, AR before entering the world of professional boxing in 1994. He was a five time World Toughman Heavyweight Champion with a record of 56-5 with 36 knockouts (not counted towards pro career).

Esch's previous fighting experiences (Boxing and toughman competitions) led him to venture into mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2003. Although Esch was sometimes ridiculed for beating low-tier boxers, he performed moderately well against legitimate MMA opposition, earning a record of 14-10-1.

Esch vs Lawton will be contested under boxing rules and the bout is, of course, scheduled for four rounds.
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