Butterbean to retire from fighting

JASPER, AL (WBRC) - Jasper's Eric "Butterbean" Esch has decided to retire from fighting.

The martial artist will fight his last fight on Friday at Boutwell Auditorium.

Esch says he will pass his skills on to his sons, Caleb and Brandon, who are also mixed-martial artists.

Known as 'Butterbean', Esch developed a following in the Toughman Competition before becoming a professional boxer in 1994. He would later have a successful run as a mixed martial artist.