Butterbean Returns To The Ring In Fight Night Champion

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Yesterday we saw Eric Esch - aka Butterbean - getting his flab knocked around in Fight Night Champion. He's one of 13 new boxers on a roster of 54 licensed personalities appearing in the game when it releases next year.


Here's the full card:

Boxers New To Fight Night Champion

"Butterbean" Eric Esch
Chad Dawson
Cristobal Arreola
Danny Jacobs
David Haye
Erislandy Lara
Fernando Vargas
James Leija
Kendall Holt
Kevin Kelley
Peter Manfredo Jr.
Tim Bradley
Zab Judah

Boxers Previously Appearing in Fight Night
Anthony Mundine
Bernard Hopkins
Billy Dib
Carlos Monzon
Diego Corrales
Eddie Chambers
Emanuel Augustus
Evander Holyfield
George Foreman
Jake LaMotta
Jermain Taylor
Joe Calzaghe
Joe Frazier
Julio Cesar Chavez
Kelly Pavlik
Lennox Lewis
Manny Pacquiao
Marvin Hagler
Miguel Cotto
Mike Tyson
Muhammad Ali
Nonito Donaire
Oscar De La Hoya
Pernell Whitaker
Ricky Hatton
Robert Guerrero
Roberto Duran
Ronald Wright
Roy Jones Jr.
Sergio Mora
Shane Mosley
Sonny Liston
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Robinson
Thomas Hearns
Tommy Morrison
Victor Ortiz
Vinny Paz
Vitali Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko
Yuriorkis Gamboa


Butterbean once flattened Lennox Lewis in an exhibition in 1994 and, in one of only three bouts scheduled for more than four rounds that he ever fought, lost to a 52-year-old Larry Holmes in 2002. So you can recreate those fights here, if you'd like.

This isn't the first time Butterbean's appeared in an EA Sports video game. He was the cover star of 1995's Toughman Contest for the Sega Genesis and appeared in all of EA Sports' Knockout Kings series, which preceded Fight Night.

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Good listing of my favorites to watch.

My only addition to the list would be "Irish" Micky Ward. He wasn't a great, but the kid had heart. Loved to watch him on Friday Night Fights.