By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Famed American heavyweight Eric “Butterbean” Esch (77-9-4, 58 KOs) will clash with Aussie Kirk Lawton (1-1, 1 KO) over four rounds at the Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Butterbean, the self-proclaimed “King of the four-rounders,” is best remembered for scoring a knockdown over heavyweight great Larry Holmes in losing a ten round decision in 2002. This is the second trip to Australia for the American as back in 2005 he was defeated by Baden Oui in a major upset. Butterbean’s biggest win was in 1998, when he scored a TKO in round one over world heavyweight challenger Peter McNeeley. Butterbean is 46 years old and stands 5’11. Lawton 41 years old and 6’1. Promoter is Vlad Wharton of Millenium Events.