Eric Esch

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Eric Esch is a retired American professional boxer and wrestler. Eric Esch has a combined fight record of 97-24-5 with 65 knockouts and 9 submissions.

Early Life and Childhood

Eric Esch was born on August 3, 1966, in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. His age is 56 years as of 2022 and his full name is Eric Scott Esch.

Similarly, he is a naturalized American citizen and belongs to German descent. Moreover, he is Christian by religion and his birth sign is Leo.

When he was 4 years old he moved with his family to St. Johns, Michigan, and later they again migrated to Jasper, Alabama.

Moreover, when he was eight years old, his mother died and he was frequently bullied at school for being overweight. Also, his coworkers challenged him to compete in a local Toughman Contest, with training in Bay City, Michigan.


In terms of his educational background, there is no information available regarding his schools, colleges, and academics. He might have done his schooling at a community school in Atlanta. Later, he might have skipped college as he started fighting at an early age to pursue his professional boxing career.

Career and Professional Life

Regarding his career, he began his fighting career in the early 1990s on the Toughman Contest circuit in Texarkana, Arkansas, and went on to become a five-time World Toughman Heavyweight Champion with a record of 56-5 with 36 knockouts.

However, when he was forced to go on a diet (mainly consisting of chicken and butterbeans) to meet the Toughman 400-pound (181 kg) weight limit he earned the nickname “Butterbean.” On October 15, 1994, he made his professional boxing debut, defeating Tim Daniels in Birmingham, Alabama.

Moreover, he quickly gained success and was referred to as the “King of the 4 Rounders.” He debuted in kickboxing on June 29, 2003. He was recruited by K-1 and he knocked out Yusuke Fujimoto in the first round at K-1 Beast II 2003 in Saitama, Japan.

K-1 then wanted to put him up against Ernesto Hoost, but he declined on the advice of a friend who warned him about the Dutchman’s kickboxing prowess. On September 21, 2003, he faced Mike Bernardo in a non-tournament bout at the K-1 Survival 2003 Japan Grand Prix Final in Yokohama, Japan.

However, in the first round, he was floored twice with low kicks before finishing with a high kick in the second. Later, he competed in boxing matches twice in World Wrestling Federation professional wrestling events.

Furthermore, he defeated former Golden Gloves champion Marc Mero via disqualification in a worked match on December 7, 1997, at the D-Generation X. 15 months later, on March 28, 1999, he also defeated WWF Brawl For All champion Bart Gunn in a legitimate shoot fight at WrestleMania XV, knocking him out in 34 seconds.

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Caption: Eric Esch at a boxing game. Source: UK News

Brand Endorsements

Esch has not endorsed any brand till now. Also, he is not promoting anything till now and is not collaborating with any brands. No information is available regarding the other brands he has cooperated with or not. Moreover, in the coming days, we may see him being associated with some brands and supporting their products.

Awards and Nomination

Esch has won many awards in his career. He has won IBA World Super Heavyweight (+95.2 kg/210 lb) Championship, WAA World Heavyweight (+90.7 kg/200 lb) Championship, Elite-1 MMA Super Heavyweight (+120.2 kg/265 lb) Championship, and Pro Wrestling Syndicate Heavyweight Championship.

Eric Esch – Net Worth 2022

Eric Esch is a retired American professional boxer who has earned a considerable income from his work. His estimated net worth is around $500k million and his annual salary is $60k and his source of income is mainly his boxing and wrestling profession.

Relationship Status

Esch is married to Libby Gaskin. However, he has not revealed how they both met and dated each other. He has three children their names are sons Brandon and Caleb, and daughter Grace. His two sons used to be MMA fighters. Also, he doesn’t have any past relationships or previous engagements.

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Caption: Eric Esch with his wife. Source: Players Wiki


Esch fought his first ten-rounder on July 27, 2002, at the Norfolk Scope against fifty-two-year-old former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. While Holmes won a unanimous decision, Esch was given credit for a controversial knockdown in the final round, which was later shown in filmed replays as not being a knockdown.

Body Measurements

Talking about his height Esch is 5 Feet 11 inches tall and weighs 171kg. Moreover, his eye color is brown and he is bald and his shoe size is 12(US). However, his accurate body measurements are unknown.

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Caption: Eric Esch giving a pose. Source: Daily Star

Eric Esch – Social Media

Esch is very active on Instagram. He has 35k followers on Instagram and owns an Insta account @butterbeanboxer. Similarly, his Twitter handles @ericbutterbean is followed by 129 followers.