The Contender

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Tuesday 10:00 PM on ESPN Premiered Mar 07, 2005 In Season

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The Contender

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From the producer of The Apprentice and Survivor comes a new unscripted series that will launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar. The Contender will follow 16 aspiring boxers from training camp through an evolving series of ring challenges and boxing matches over 16 episodes. For the first eight episodes, the winner of the fight-of-the-week will be rewarded with a guaranteed spot in the Quarter Finals. After four weeks of these Quarter Finals, two weeks of Semi-Finals will follow. In the show's last week, the final victor will claim a $1,000,000 prize. The driving force behind the series will be the pursuit of the American dream and the natural trials, tribulations and heartbreak inherent in that quest combined with the drama and tension of the sweet science. The canvas of the show is much broader than boxing - it will give viewers a first hand look into the real life hopes, triumphs and defeats of the contestants. The Contender will be a joint production of Mark Burnett Productions, DreamWorks Television and Rogue Marble. Sylvester Stallone, Mark Burnett, and Jeffrey Katzenberg are the executive producers. NBC cancelled The Contender in May of 2005 after only one season. After three months of shopping around, Mark Burnett finally sold it to ESPN. The sports cable channel will begin airing the series in the Spring of 2006. ESPN has the option of picking the series up for an extra two seasons. Broadcast History Season 1-NBC/CNBC Season 2-ESPN/ESPN2moreless

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 11/6/2007

Season 4 : Episode 10

Ebo Elder

Ebo Elder

Boxer - Gold - Season 2

Jackie Kallenn

Jackie Kallenn

Herself - Boxing Manager

Tommy Gallagher

Tommy Gallagher

Himself - Head Trainer

Walter Wright

Walter Wright

Boxer - Gold - Season 2

Gary Balleto

Gary Balleto

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Jeff Fraza

Jeff Fraza

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  • Great show for those who box and love competition.

    8.0
    The Contender is a great show but i believe it is missing one thing...ME...Next season they should come to Norfolk, VA at the East Coast Boxing gym looking for Andrew Benton to bring ratings through the roof!!!! Most of these boxers on on t.v so they can be famous, while thats not a bad idea they make people who really love the sport look bad. They go in there looking to fight and win the prize, to me the prize is winning the fight. Boxing is a craft, a finess not a hobby. If i were on the show I'd show people what they came to watch, great boxing not a brawl...moreless
  • I think The Contender is the best reality show ever.

    10
    I was very impressed with the 1st 3 seasons, I was never a boxing fan until this show came on, I think it's the best reality show ever and I hope they continue this show. I can't seem to get enough, I watch each episode over and over again until the next show would come on. I really hope this show comes back.I think Sugar Ray Lenard and Sylvester stalone should get back together and continus to work to make the show even better, if that is possible. The stories behind the boxers lives and struggles really get you picking favorates and cheering them on. I am usually on the edge of my seat at fight time, great, exciting show, please keep it going.moreless
  • Amazing!

    10
    I have to say that I have only watched season 1, and then watched the odd episode off season 2.



    In New Zealand, Series 1 and 2 got a good timeslot so I watched those 2 seasons completely. But season 3 didnt, so I never ended up watching it half the time. I guess it didnt get good enough ratings second time round and they dropped it into a later timeslot.



    Season 1 was great, I loved the presence of Sly and of course Sugar Ray on the show, they really know what theyre on about and I just loved them.



    Also each and every fighter made the show more interesting, some more than others, like the "big talkers", but each of them was great.moreless
  • personally coming from a girl who boxed her whole life this was an amazing show that even i learned stuff from when i thought i knew everything.

    10
    The way the fights were the way you matched them it all fell into place perfect. You taught them stuff that they didn't even know and i must say it helped me with my coaching to, it turned out to be very a good show that i had all my friends interested in even people who didn't really know anything about boxing was interested in watching it and we always looked forward to it. i think and a lot more people i know here in Newfoundland Canada thinks you guys should start a whole new season of it. sincerely Kelly Hunt and all her friends in Newfoundland, Canadamoreless
  • I watch the Contender Every time its on. Why? Because it something I would love to do, it gives me Inspiration, and makes me feel like that things can be done if you put your mind to the task. If I could I would love to be part of the Contender.moreless

    10
    I dont know if Sugar Ray reads these as he is prob really busy, but I can tell you, he is the Best. Everytime he Talks, he talks with sence, and honesty. He is a Boxer that will take on anyone, and someone I admire very much. I do Have something to say to him and Slyvester... Get your Butts here to NEW ZEALAND!!! lol Cheers

    Stephen
  • FOX8'S FINAL FIGHTERS FACE OFF NEXT WEEK FOR THE CHANCE TO TAKE ON ANTHONY MUNDINE.

    The Contender Australia: It's Garth vs. Kariz

    Next week it will be decided. Either Garth Wood or Kariz Kariuki will be left standing to square off against Anthony "The Man" Mundine.

  • THIS WEEK ON THE SCOOP, YOUR PODCAST HOSTS SHARE THEIR FEELINGS ON THE SORRY STATE OF CHAPPELLE'S SHOW AND THE TV RENAISSANCE THAT IS FX. THEN, WE WELCOME SOME SPECIAL GUESTS FOR AN IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION OF THE CONTENDER. ENJOY!

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