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Is Kimbo the Next Butterbean?

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In the late 1990s, the boxing community unveiled a cartoonish giant named Eric Esch - "Butterbean." A big galoot with no formal training, he got his break via the old bar-brawl contest known as the Toughman series. He was The Next Big Thing.

Except he wasn't, and the farce played a large role in boxing's decline.




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Post #1   5/31/08 8:25:22AM   

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Didn't like this article at all.Butterbean,nor Kimbo are masters of the craft,but Kimbo has been training with Bas,so if that's not formal training,I'm not sure what is.I'm not a boxing buff,but I have trouble believing Butterbean had a hand in the supposed "downfall" of boxing.

Post #2   5/31/08 8:31:12AM   

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lets ignor him maybe he will go back to youtube

Post #3   5/31/08 12:14:07PM   

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The author is a moron. I'm not one to defend Kimbo as I don't really like the guy, and I don't think he deserves the attention yet. However, to say he has "no formal training" is simply asinine. Oh wait, I forgot, he doesn't spend day in and day out training with Bas at his gym. Or does that not constitute formal training?

Post #4   5/31/08 12:26:49PM   

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I definitely disagree with Butterbean being part of the downfall of boxing. It has more to deal with the end of the KO in the heavyweight division, Mike Tyson's shenanigans, and boxers making a living backing up with a jab instead of slugging it out. Not to mention corruption.

Butterbean was actually a refresher for a lot of people because he KO'd dudes and his fights were 3 round wars instead of 12 grueling rounds of rope-a-dope, titty slapping, and man hugging.

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Posted by holt8081

lets ignor him maybe he will go back to youtube



hahaha, i like kimbo.. but thats good haha

Post #6   5/31/08 4:58:45PM   

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Posted by Jackelope

I definitely disagree with Butterbean being part of the downfall of boxing. It has more to deal with the end of the KO in the heavyweight division, Mike Tyson's shenanigans, and boxers making a living backing up with a jab instead of slugging it out. Not to mention corruption.

Butterbean was actually a refresher for a lot of people because he KO'd dudes and his fights were 3 round wars instead of 12 grueling rounds of rope-a-dope, titty slapping, and man hugging.



I agree, and would add that any fight in the nineties involving Riddick Bowe, Golota, and Tyson are another big reason boxing declined.

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I think Kimbo would be able to get up if he was tipped over while sleeping.

Post #8   5/31/08 6:37:37PM