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Tyson-Butterbean preview: Butterbean dreamed of a real-life Tyson fight

Tyson-Butterbean preview: Butterbean dreamed of a real-life Tyson fight

25th, March 2020

Second seed Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) faces Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch (77-10, 58 KOs) Wednesday, March 25 at 5pm (GMT) in the third of the quarter-finals of the ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’.

Tyson vs Butterbean is a virtual barnstorming match-up, but as fans and promoters have learned throughout the years anything can happen in boxing.

A fight between the two was not that unrealistic in the late 90’s in the real world when Butterbean wanted a shot against Tyson who at the time was on the comeback trail during a low-point in his career.

“I was certainly no worse than most of the guys Tyson fought during that particular comeback, including Peter McNeeley, who I knocked out with no problem a couple of years later,” Esch has told Mel Magazine.

After the McNeeley fight, Butterbean actually told Associated Press: “I want to fight Mike Tyson for four rounds.“

Asked to compare Butterbean with Tyson, McNeely said, “There’s no comparison between the two.”

Well, Tyson chose a different path, and the Tyson-Butterbean battle remained a fantasy match-up.

Mike Tyson needs little introduction. Iron Mike is undoubtedly one of the most exciting fighters of all time and got tons of fans into the sport when he mercilessly knocked out opponent after opponent at the beginning of his skyrocketing career in the 80’s.

He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title, at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old – he won his first 19 pro fights by KO, 12 of them in the first round. A true legend in the sport.

Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch needs a little more intro. Always wearing American flag boxing trunks Butterbean was known as a four-round phenomenon, ‘King of the 4-rounders’. The supersize boxing cult figure might not be a legend by any normal degree, but his power was legendary. Of his 77 victories, 58 came via knockout – with 20 in the first round alone.

Butterbean was in fact one of the most well-known boxers in the world, and his no-nonsense approach to The Sweet Science gained him many fans.

In a post-career interview Butterbean told Sports Illustrated:

“Fighting, to me, was never really about how good you are, but how many people wanted to see you. And a lot of people wanted to see me.”

‘The Bean’ only went past the four-round distance once against legend by any standard, former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, who 20 had successful title defenses, and who defeated Butterbean over 10 rounds in 2002 far past prime at age 53 in his last bout – but Esch managed to drop Holmes in the first round with a right to the head.

Not bad for a Butterbean.

The entire ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament will be live-streamed on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook page at 5pm (GMT) every day.

The tournament is created to provide some much-needed relief and entertainment for fight fans around the world during these testing times.

eWBSS quarter-final match-ups:

Muhammad Ali vs Evander Holyfield – Ali W TKO5

Lennox Lewis vs Joe Fraizer – March 24

Mike Tyson vs Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch – March 25

George Foreman vs David Haye – March 26