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Brew City Brawl

Bazooka wins; Funmaker retires Butterbean

By Johnny B’

A professional boxing show was held on Saturday night in Milwaukee Wisconsin for the first time in several years. In the eight round main event, Bazooka Joe Linenfelser of Illinois upped his record to 8-0-1 getting a points victory over fellow 165 pounder Ivan Ledon from Las Vegas Nevada who’s record fell to 12-9-1.
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The undercard was full of four round contests, with the night’s co-main attraction match-up between Harry ‘The Ho Chunk Hammer’ Funmaker of Fon du Loc Wisconsin and the man known to the world as “Butterbean,” Eric Esch the nearly 400 lb. heavyweight who is also known as the ‘King of the Four-Rounders.’ The bout was a combination of hay-makers, holding and some trash talking. At the end it was Funmaker who was awarded a split decision victory by a narrow margin.

The 43-year-old Butterbean said this is the end of boxing career. Esch, if he stays retired, leaves the ring with a 77-8-4 record. Funmaker (18-17) a 46-year-old who had not fought in nearly four years, did not make any claims about future bouts. But Funmaker did appear happy to finally get a victory over Butterbean after suffering two decision losses several years earlier to the King of the Four-Rounders.

Other Results:

Welterweight: Dean Peters over James Todd with a close yet unanimous decision; Matt Ellis KO’d Mike Krull in one round; Justin Danforth decision win over Joshua Rodriguez; Mike Culbert defeated Antoin Elerson by TKO in round two.

Junior middleweight: Jose Juan Sanchez defeated Allante Davis TKO2.

Junior lightweight: Deboe William Thomas beat Taide Torres by majority decision.

Junior welterweight: Alexander Tousignant defeated Harold McLeod by TKO1.




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