• Network: ESPN
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 7, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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Summary: 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/ESPN2
Network: ESPN
Genre(s): Sports
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4
Cast Credit
Sugar Ray Leonard Host - Boxing Mentor
Jeremy Williams Himself - Assistant Trainer
Tommy Gallagher Himself - Head Trainer
Jeff Fraza Himself - East - 15th Place - "Disqualified" For Health Reasons
Jackie Kallenn Herself - Boxing Manager
Prentiss Byrd Himself - General Manager
Dub Huntley Himself - Assistant Trainer
Sylvester Stallone Host
Peter Manfredo, Jr. Himself - East - Won Third Fight - In The Finale - 2nd Place
Alfonso Gomez, Jr. Himself - West - Won Second Fight - 4th Place
Ahmed Kaddour Himself - East - 7th Place
Ishe Smith Himself - West - Won First Fight - 8th Place
Joey Gilbert Himself - West - Won First Fight - 6th Place
Sergio Mora Himself - West - WINNER
Najai Turpin Himself - East - 14th Place
Tarick Salmaci Himself - West - 11th Place
Jonathan Reid Himself - East - 16th Place
Jimmy Lang Himself - East - 10th Place
Miguel Espino Himself - West - 13th Place
Anthony Bonsante Himself - West - Won First Fight - 5th Place
Jesse Brinkley Himself - West - Won Second Fight - 3rd Place
Brent Cooper Himself - East - 12th Place
Juan De La Rosa Himself - East - Won First Fight - 9th Place - Quit For Health Reasons