BUTTERBEAN has called out Jake Paul in a bid to silence the the outspoken YouTuber-turned boxer.
Heavyweight legend Butterbean – real name Eric Scott Esch – is eyeing a boxing comeback within the next eight months.
And he has called out Paul, 25, as well as old pal Mike Tyson, 56, ahead of his proposed return.
Butterbean, 55, told SunSport: “I’m not a typical boxer, I go out there to fight, I want to knock somebody out. Jake Paul or Mike Tyson.
“Jake Paul runs his mouth too much, he’s never fought nobody, I would love to fight him.
“But I think people would like to see me and Tyson go at it, which would be a hell of a draw.
“Me and Tyson are actually friends but I don’t mind fighting friends.”
Tyson in November 2020 made a shock return and drew over eight exhibition rounds with Roy Jones Jr, 53.
He has since been linked with a fight for the ages against Paul, despite their 30-YEAR age gap.
But Butterbean wants to get there first and despite no official talks, he claimed the social media sensation is aware of his callout.
He said: “He knows about it, I know 100 per cent he knows about me challenging him.
“I’m going to wait until I’m closer to being ready but I have had a couple of fight offers, some big names – I don’t want to say who – but I’ve had a couple of contracts sent to me.”
Paul is currently 5-0 and scheduled to face Tommy Fury, 23, on August 6 at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.
It is set to be the first time he has fought a recognised boxer, following wins over a YouTuber, ex-NBA player and two former MMA champions.
Meanwhile, Butterbean last boxed in 2013 but has recently started training with ex-WWE star Diamond Dallas Page for a reality show.
After our months of training under the watchful eye of Page, the famed puncher has come down from 35 STONE.
Jake Paul runs his mouth too much, he’s never fought nobody, I would love to fight him.
On a gluten and dairy free diet, which consists of low-carb and high-protein meals, Butterbean has transformed himself.
He cannot reveal his exact weight loss – due to TV show contract he signed – but hailed Page for saving his career and life.
Butterbean said: “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.
“I took a challenge to accept a docuseries or a reality show with Diamond Dallas Page and I’ve been here the past four months.
“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.
“I’m at my lowest weight right now than I’ve ever been – I’ve never fought at this weight as a matter of fact.”