The Contender

Season 2 Episode 3

First in the Kitchen

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2006 on ESPN
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First in the Kitchen
Week 3 of The Contender found plenty of tension among the competitors. After harsh words between boxers, it was finally decided that Aaron Torres would fight for the Blue team, and he called out Gary Balletto.

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  • Gary Balletto challenges Aaron Torres to a fight, and backs it up in a slugfest- yellow team takes control of the matchups.

    Both of the featured fighters in this episode have careers set up for outside the ring, but their personalities could not be more different.

    Gary is a family man, 3 kids, owns a gym, and fixes houses for a living...

    Aaron plays himself as a kid from the street, who will "retire if he loses to Gary" and go into architecture.

    Aaron talks about bad relationships and choices, while Gary alludes to his fight experience and how he had to reprioritize boxing when he started to win big fights. Aaron came out for the fight smiling at the crowd and didnt look like his head was in it- at first. Gary rushed him, throwing wild lefts and rights, hitting on some... but Aaron battled back and gave Gary a run for his money... By the 5th and final round, it was still there for the taking since Gary couldn't knock out Aaron... in the end, Gary showed much more heart in pulling out the 5th round and winning his 1st match of the tournament, to move to 30-2 lifetime. The yellow team gained for the first time the right to set the next match.moreless
  • I was excited to see another episode, but I thought the boxing match left a lot to be desired.

    In this episode, Aaron Torres lets it be known that he isn't afraid to fight anyone, and with his cocky attitude he's sure that he can win the entire competition.

    He fights Gary Balletto, a boxer who's great at knocking people out.

    But the fight left a lot to be desired. Personally, I thought that the fighters had a lot of heart, but somehow it wasn't a good match up. They had completely different styles of boxing and it made it a little awkward for them to get into it, and it made it a little awkward for those of us watching at home.

    Gary kept trying to throw these huge punches, obviously trying to knock Aaron out, but he kept missing most of them, and all it did was tire him out.

    Aaron was more concerned with the crowd and his new girlfriend that was sitting ring side. Even his trainer had to slap him around a little and yell at him for not focusing.

    In the end Gary won, by split decision, but in my opinion, I didn't think either of them deserved to win. It just wasn't that great of a boxing match.

    But the arguing among the competitors earlier in the episode was enough of a reason to watch. The tension is starting to come on strong and the rivalries are starting to pick up which makes it interesting.moreless
  • Rich, strong white guy vs Poor loud-mouth latino guy. Battle of the stereo-types

    I thought too much time was spent trying to set up the fight with classic rich vs poor, loud vs quiet, great vs unproven dynamics between the fighters.

    How many times do we have to watch Gary throw his infant son up in the air?

    Torres did better than expected against Balleto, but then, all of these guys seem to be good fighters.

  • A great fight

    I think maybe I\'ll just have Tivo record the last fifteen minutes of each episode. The fighting kicks ass, but most of the things leading up to the match makes me roll my eyes.

    This should be competition at its finest, but thanks to Rocky, and Cinderella Man, this is all family oriented. I thought having the show on ESPN would make the show more about boxing. Oh well, great match, it was definently a coin flip.moreless
Sergio Mora

Sergio Mora

Himself, Contender Champion

Guest Star

Alfonso Gomez, Jr.

Alfonso Gomez, Jr.

Himself, Contender Competitor, Season 1

Guest Star

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