Respect for Butterbean
The one thing that bothers the living crap out of me is the fact that nobody gives Butterbean respects for his talents, for his record, and for his fights. Everybody thinks of Butterbean as a bum for only one reason, because he is fat. Butterbean never said that he was a good boxer, he only called himself an entertainer. Butterbean had a devastating punch that even dropped Larry Holmes.
One of Butterbeans greatest fights was between him and the 52 year old former heavyweight champion of the world, Larry Holmes, taking place in 2002. Holmes was still a very good boxer and he beat George Foreman in the way that Foreman said that he could fight when he was old. 52 years old, holy god that is old to be boxing. In fact, the oldest fighter in the world today is 52 years old, Dexter Dunworth, an Australian who was told that he was too old to fight so he went down to Arizona and got signed by Stacy Goodson, who also managed Lamon Brewster. Anyways, Holmes proved that he was not too old to fight well, and he outboxed Butterbean during the entire fight, at least until Butterbean dropped him in the last round. Butterbean is also very tough for being a boxer. He was in the toughman competitions, were barely anybody could hurt him. Butterbean should definately be realized as a good boxer, and I don't see why people are calling him a bum based just on the fact that he is extremely fat.
One thing I realized about Butterbean, is that he is just like Two Ton Tony Galento. If you do not remember who Tony Galento is, he is the heavyweight challenger of the 1940s who trained on pizza and beer. He was fat as well, and just like Butterbean he had an amazing chin. He managed to get a fight with the second black heavyweight champion and phenomenon, Joe Louis. He actually drop Joe Louis, but Louis came back, and beat Galento into a very bloody pulp all inside of 4 rounds, right before the referee stopped the fight. After the fight, Galento was claiming that he dropped the "bum" with a light punch. Galento is very famous for his signature call before his fight with Joe Louis "I'll Moider the Bum!"
I am sick and tired of hearing how fat Butterbean is. Butterbean should be noted for his punching power and his great chin. All in all, Butterbean was a very good fighter. Butterbean should be put in a hall of fame at least for doing something. He was the king of four rounders, and he is being dishonored by people everywhere because he is known as a slob and not as a fighter. So I am asking everyone not to raise the awareness about a fat boxer, but to raise the awareness of a fat boxer who happens to be very good at what he does.