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December 2, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER
The voice is gentle. The manner is polite. The handshake is warm. But the head is shaved. The face is menacing. The body is large. Put it all together and you have Butterbean, the newest sideshow in boxing's traveling circus. His real name is Eric Esch, a former worker in a mobile-home factory in his hometown, Jasper, Ala., who first stepped into the ring as a 400-pounder in Toughman tournaments and now wants to step into the ring as a 300-pounder against Mike Tyson.
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July 11, 1996 | JIM MURRAY
Bill "Don't Call Me Bozo" Caplan, the demon plugger for pugilism, the spokesman of sock, was on the phone. "I've got a four-round fighter for you." "I don't do four-round fighters," I told him. "Call me when he's a main-eventer." "He never will be," Caplan said. "He'll always be a four-rounder." "Look," I told him coldly. "Who's gonna read about a four-rounder? I might as well do a guy who's always going to be on the Nike tour or a guy who hits .230 in the Sally League.
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July 11, 1996 | JIM MURRAY
Bill "Don't Call Me Bozo" Caplan, the demon plugger for pugilism, the spokesman of sock, was on the phone. "I've got a four-round fighter for you." "I don't do four-round fighters," I told him. "Call me when he's a main-eventer." "He never will be," Caplan said. "He'll always be a four-rounder." "Look," I told him coldly. "Who's gonna read about a four-rounder? I might as well do a guy who's always going to be on the Nike tour or a guy who hits .230 in the Sally League.
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December 2, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER
The voice is gentle. The manner is polite. The handshake is warm. But the head is shaved. The face is menacing. The body is large. Put it all together and you have Butterbean, the newest sideshow in boxing's traveling circus. His real name is Eric Esch, a former worker in a mobile-home factory in his hometown, Jasper, Ala., who first stepped into the ring as a 400-pounder in Toughman tournaments and now wants to step into the ring as a 300-pounder against Mike Tyson.
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June 2, 2000
A guest list of sports figures to be featured on TV and radio from today through Thursday: * Jerry Stackhouse --"Up Close," today, 2:30 p.m., ESPN; midnight, ESPN2 * Jack McKeon --"The Last Word," today, 6:30 and 11:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net * Brian Shaw --"NBA Inside Stuff," Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Channel 4 * Ross Newhan, Eric "Butterbean" Esch --"The Irv Kaze Show," Saturday, 6-7 p.m.
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July 10, 1996 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas of Sylmar hopes to move back into title contention tonight when he fights Mike Walsh of La Mirada in a 10-round junior welterweight bout at the Beverly Hilton. Ruelas, 44-3 with 35 knockouts, lost his International Boxing Federation title to Oscar De La Hoya last year. He is not expected to get much of a challenge from Walsh, 16-3-3 with 13 knockouts.
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September 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico retained his WBC lightweight title Friday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with hometown favorite Stevie Johnston at Denver. The judges scored it 114-114, 115-114, 114-114. Castillo (41-4-1) was making his first title defense since taking the championship from Johnson (30-2-1) on June 17 in Bell Gardens. On the undercard, super heavyweight Eric "Butterbean" Esch of Jaspar, Ala., stopped Marcus Rhode of Detroit Lakes, Minn., at 2:06 of the third round.
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June 13, 2002 | Associated Press
Even at 52, Larry Holmes said, "I still got that fast, lightning left jab," and he plans to prove it July 27 when he fights Eric "Butterbean" Esch in a one-fight comeback. Holmes, the former heavyweight champion, will be fighting for the first time since Nov. 17, 2000, when he knocked out Mike Weaver in the sixth round. Holmes said he's in good shape financially and is returning to the ring "because I want to. I have all these things, but I still want to fight and I still can fight."
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March 13, 1996 | STEVE SPRINGER
Gabriel Ruelas returns to the ring for the first time tonight since losing his World Boxing Council super-featherweight title to Azumah Nelson in December. Ruelas (41-3, 23 knockouts) will face Julio Cesar Herrera (21-2, 19 knockouts) in the 10-round main event at the Olympic Auditorium. In the bout before the loss to Nelson, Ruelas beat Jimmy Garcia so badly that Garcia subsequently died of a brain injury. For some, Ruelas won't be the main attraction tonight.
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December 7, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The underdogs ruled the undercard Saturday night. And two champions surrendered their crowns. Yory Boy Campas, a longtime favorite at the Grand Olympic Auditorium and a 7-5 underdog at the Atlantic City Convention Hall, upset previously unbeaten Raul Marquez on an eighth-round TKO to win the International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship.
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September 14, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With blood pouring from a long cut over his left eye and his right eye puffy, junior-middleweight Raul Marquez retained his International Boxing Federation title in a disputed, loudly booed split-decision victory Saturday night over late replacement Keith Mullings. Mullings, a substitute late last month when original opponent Yory Boy Campas suffered a sternum injury, swarmed Marquez, opening the cut over the left eye in the middle rounds.
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April 21, 2000 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A junior-lightweight title fight will be one of five bouts on the undercard of the Oscar De La Hoya-Sugar Shane Mosley fight June 17 at Staples Center. Diego Corrales (31-0 with 25 knockouts) will defend his International Boxing Federation 130-pound championship against Justin Juuko (34-3-2, 25 KOs). If he beats Juuko, Corrales wants to to fight World Boxing Council junior-lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. "That's the next step for me--unifying the title," said Corrales, of Sacramento.
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