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Kimbo Slice vs Butterbean in November? Freak show or oddly interesting?

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Earlier this month, Kimbo Slice (7-0, 6 KO) told TMZ of his intention to fight the fabled Eric "Butterbean" Esch (77-10-4, 58 KO) Butterbean, who lost earlier this year to a 41 year old who was 1-1, has dropped 7 of his last 12 but would still be a step up in competition for Slice.

Actually, almost anyone would be a step up for Kimbo. 

We last saw Kimbo in January in what was his most impressive yet most vulnerable boxing match to date.

Despite being rocked in the opening stanza, Slice won an entertaining back-and-forth brawl on the undercard of Geale vs Mundine in Australia.

Defense was non-existent but excitement was everywhere.

And Kimbo Slice actually looked like a "very novice" pugilist instead of a grappler trying to box when dispatching Queenslander Shane Tilyard (then 6-6) in the second round. No, he can't hang with anyone in the top 200. And yes, his defense is still quite suspect. But Mr. Slice appears to have a gift few possess - natural punching power.

Now, Slice wants to showcase that power against Butterbean in a showdown of two of boxing's iconic misfits.

When TMZ caught up with the 39 year old, the former UFC pro insisted he was trying to lure Butterbean out retirement for, perhaps, one last go.

Yes, Butterbean, who weighed 425 lbs for his bout last June, officially retired afterwards.

"Hopefully, if Butterbean plays his cards right we'll go at it," Slice told TMZ ... "I like beans."

Mismatch or Interesting Dust-Up?
When Butterbean was in his early 40s, he could still fight a llittle and was capable of matching-up well against novice, unpolished pros like Slice.


But today, and at 47, Butterbean is just a shell of his former self. He's lost his last three and was stopped for only the second time in his 91 fight career in June.

Moreover,  he hasn't been victorious in the ring since 2007.

Kimbo, on the otherhand, who appeared in fine shape during the impromptu TMZ interview, has improved and is a much better boxer now than in his MMA days. Rated a bloated No. 149 by by BoxRec, Slice is light years from being a contender yet appears capable of defeating - or at least competing well against - the level of opposition Butterbean faced throughout his pro career; minus 3 or 4 guys.

If promoted correctly, these fellas will make a little money from this bout because they are popular, likeable and possess name recognition. And to their credit, if nothing else, both men are offensive-minded and entertaining.

But the reality is, if it happens, Butterbean vs Kimbo will have taken place far too late.

Let's hope Butterbean decides to stay retired.

And maybe - just maybe - Team Kimbo will finally throw their man in there with someone who is suitable.

Kimbo wins spectacular slugfest in June (Video)


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