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Legendary boxer Butterbean is coming out of retirement and wants to face Jake Paul

Rory O'Callaghan

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Legendary boxer Butterbean is coming out of retirement and wants to face Jake Paul

Legendary boxer Eric Esch, better known by his nickname Butterbean, is coming out of retirement and wants to face Jake Paul.

Butterbean last fought in 2013 and has an impressive professional record, having taken part in 91 fights – winning 77, 58 by knockout, with four draws and 10 losses.

He developed a cult following during his career and became known as the 'king of the four rounders', with the huge-hitting American competing in just three fights scheduled for more than four rounds.

After a decade out of the ring, Butterbean has now confirmed he is making a comeback and wants to face the 'Problem Child', Paul.

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Speaking on Instagram, he said: "I'm going to fight one last fight. It's gonna be one year from now."

He then added: "Jake Paul, if you're ready, I'm here for you, my friend. Let's get it on, me and you, Jake Paul."

It's not the first time Butterbean has targeted a fight with Paul, who is due to face former UFC fighter Nate Diaz in his next boxing match in Dallas, Texas on August 5.

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Last year, he told The Sun: "I'm not a typical boxer, I go out there to fight, I want to knock somebody out. Jake Paul or Mike Tyson.

"Jake Paul runs his mouth too much, he's never fought nobody, I would love to fight him.

"But I think people would like to see me and Tyson [Fury] go at it, which would be a hell of a draw.

"Me and Tyson are actually friends but I don't mind fighting friends."

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The American, who once fought at 30st 6lbs (426lbs) at his very heaviest, says Paul is well aware of his desire to meet in the ring.

"He knows about it, I know 100 percent he knows about me challenging him," added Butterbean.

"I'm going to wait until I’m closer to being ready but I have had a couple of fight offers, some big names – I don't want to say who – but I've had a couple of contracts sent to me."

YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul has a professional record of six wins and one loss, having been beaten by Tommy Fury in his last fight in Saudi Arabia in February.

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It remains to be seen whether he would be willing to take on Butterbean, should he beat Diaz in August.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Boxing, Jake Paul

Rory O'Callaghan
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