Meet the fighter who weighs more than boxing legend Butterbean – tipping 450lbs

There are plenty of larger than life characters in the sport of boxing, but surely none come close to Dustin 'Big Worm' Nichols.

Nichols, who once tipped the scales at a mega 32st 2lbs (450lbs), makes the legendary Eric 'Butterbean' Esch look more like a jellybean.

Famed for his hulking frame and bald head, Butterbean carved out an impressive career across boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and professional wrestler and even fought Larry Holmes in 2002.

But he doesn't hold a candle to Nichols, who fought a certain Deontay Wilder early on in his career and must go down as one of the heaviest heavyweights in boxing history.

BoxRec indicates that Nichols' boxing career started in 2007 with a technical knockout defeat to Johnny White.

He then lost his second bout to Greg McGhee before a quartet of victories set him on a collision course with Wilder in 2010.

Competing in only his 11th professional fight, Wilder didn't have it all his own way against 'Big Worm.'

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Although the future WBC heavyweight king won the bout inside a round, he suffered a scare early on when Nichols' punching power saw him knock down Wilder and almost send him through the ropes.

That proved to be a high point in Nichols' career, with BoxRec indicating he has only one won fight since the contest with Wilder – a 2019 victory over Andre Brewer.

While some reports indicate the 38-year-old has retired from boxing, records suggest he was active as recently as 2021 when he reportedly lost to Martin Verdin in Laurel.

Unfortunately, fight fans never got to see a monumental match-up between Nicholas and Butterbean in what would have been the heaviest heavyweight contest of all time.

Butterbean's heaviest weight was in his final fight with Kirk Lawton when he tipped the scales at a whopping 30st 6lbs (426lbs).

But that was still 24lbs below Nichols' heaviest, clocking in at 32st 2lbs (450lbs) in 2011 when he fought Justin Jones.

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