Eric “Butterbean” Esch Says He Would Have Knocked Mike Tyson Out

Published 11/23/2021, 8:30 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 19: Former boxing champion Mike Tyson looks on during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 19, 2019 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl.(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Despite being a knockout artist in his prime, Mike Tyson has fallen victim to KOs several times inside the ring. It has left a blueprint for several people to craft their plans to finish Tyson. However, they will never get a chance to test it out.

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Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch, who had planned to showcase a top-tier performance against Mike Tyson, is one of those people who may never receive a shot at ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet.’ Following Tyson’s return to action in an exhibition against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020, many legends called him out.

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From Shannon Briggs to Evander Holyfield and Eric Esch, the list goes on. Meanwhile, ‘Butterbean’ almost bagged the chance until the promoters took away their interest from him. Now, in a conversation with Fred Talk Fighting, Esch revealed what a fight between him and Tyson would have looked like.

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‘Butterbean’ said, “I think it would have been a quick knockout. I mean, because he would have to come to fight, I would have to come to fight. And I have never been knocked out, he [Mike Tyson] has.”

It might be a bit bizarre to picture ‘Butterbean’ knocking out ‘Iron’. In a career of over almost two decades, Eric Esch amassed a  77-10-4 record with 58 KOs under his name. Despite this impressive number, Esch looks like an underdog before the vicious Mike Tyson.

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Will we see Mike Tyson in the ring again?

After a commendable performance against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020, Tyson had vowed to accept a few more bouts. It touted him to go against umpteen names, including his former rival Evander Holyfield. However, nothing is confirmed as of now and Mike Tyson is still an inactive legend of the sport. He was rumored to face Logan Paul a few weeks back.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson reacts after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

The high-voltage fight grabbed sheer attention, but nothing has been declared official as of yet. Hence, in an official sense, his return to the ring is still up in the air.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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