Butterbean ready for his next victim
ERIC Esch, or Butterbean as he is better known, will make his Australian debut in front of what promises to be a receptive crowd at Carrara Stadium next Friday.
Big, bald and bashful, the 170kg Butterbean, from Alabama, will be aiming to make home fighter Bob Mirovic his latest in a long line of hapless victims.
At 36 years old, Butterbean has drawn a considerable following around the world, claiming 71 wins, 59 inside the distance of four-rounds ? that's the permitted length of all his bouts.
Tweed promoter Jamie Myer has landed a coup in bringing the rock-'em-sock-'em style brawler Down Under before he retires for this world title showdown with Mirovic (the bout is for a world four-round championship title).
This week, Butterbean will make guest appearances on the southern end of the Gold Coast, at fundraisers which will help Tweed-based junior boxers.
Those who know him say he is a softly-spoken and gentle man.
You certainly won't hear a bad word about Butterbean from Currumbin's Don Glover, who runs a boxing gym in the area mainly for aspiring youngsters, many from the Tweed.
Butterbean will be guest speaker at a sports luncheon Glover is organising at the Currumbin Creek Tavern on Friday, which will also include Mirovic and big Joe Bugner.
He is then expected to attend a family barbecue day at Glover's gym in Currumbin on Sunday.
All this to lend Glover, who operates the Currumbin gym on a shoe-string budget, and his Burleigh counterparts a hand.
Glover works hard raising money to keep his gym operating and to provide cheap sessions for the juniors. A fundraiser like this is heaven-sent.
Tickets to the Currumbin luncheon, which runs from 1pm-5pm (NSW time) are $80 and include a three-course meal, drinks and entertainment.
For details about the luncheon or the Sunday barbecue at the Currumbin Boxing Club call Don Glover on 0414 468 247.
Tickets for Butterbean's fight against Mirovic at Carrara, which is expected to be a sellout, can be ordered at the ticketmaster.com.au website or by calling 136 100.