Eric Esch, the former champion boxer known as “Butterbean,” revealed in an Instagram video last week that he is down more 200 pounds over the last few years.
Esch said in the video he weighed more than 500 pounds at one point and dropped the weight with the help of DDP Yoga – the program designed by pro wrestling superstar Diamond Dallas Page.
“Look, I’ve never done a public weigh-in, first time. I was 515 about a year-and-a-half ago, two years ago, so let’s see what I weigh now,” he said in the clip. “I’ve been working out with DDP-Y. Mr. Diamond Dallas Page has helped me and my buddy Joshua. So, let’s see what I weigh.”
The scale said Esch weighed 303.8 pounds.
“Not too bad.”
Esch was known as “Butterbean” in the early days of his career as he ate chicken and butterbeans to stay around the 400-pound mark to compete as a Toughman. He was a five-time World Toughman Heavyweight Champion with 56 wins on the circuit.
The 57-year-old was a one-time International Boxing Association World Super Heavyweight Champion and World Athletic Association World Heavyweight Champion. He was 77-10-4 as a boxer with 58 knockouts. He was also known at one point as the “King of the 4 Rounders.”
He also appeared in a few mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotions.
He made one WWE appearance – in 1999. He fought Bart Gunn in a real boxing match at WrestleMania XV and knocked him out in 34 seconds.