Boxing legend Butterbean Esch loses more than 200 pounds in dramatic transformation

Former super heavyweight boxing champion Butterbean has undergone a remarkable weight loss transformation. He shed more than 200 pounds over the last couple of years.

The 57-year-old boxer’s real name Eric Esch. He proudly shared his body transformation on Instagram earlier this week.

He said: “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.”

Butterbean attributed his incredible transformation to his dedication to DDP Yoga, a renowned lifestyle rehabilitation center led by former pro wrestling champion Diamond Dallas Page.

Butterbean went up to the scale and weighed in at 303.8 pounds.

In an interview with The Sun last year, Butterbean stated: “I went through a stage where I was looking at the end of my life — not that I was going to kill myself. But in my life I was getting down, I was way overweight and just feeling down. I didn’t know if I had a couple of years to live or not.”

He said during the interview that the DDP programme had helped him transform into the best condition of his life. He stated: “And it’s given me more energy and life since I was fighting regularly. But now, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life.”

Butterbean was formerly one of the most celebrated boxers worldwide, and had an illustrious career. In 1997, he won the IBA super heavyweight championship after defeating Ed White. He then successfully defended the title five times before giving it up in 2000.

WWE fans fondly remember Butterbean for his unforgettable showdown against Bart Gunn at WrestleMania XV in 1999. In the shoot match, Butterbean knocked out Gunn in just 34 seconds.

In 2013, Butterbean’s final match came to a bittersweet end due to a shoulder injury. He faced Kirk Lawton in Australia, retiring from the sport.