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2 items from 2005


ESPN puts 'Contender' back in ring

18 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Contender will make its television comeback Oct. 15 with a live fight card featuring a championship rematch, ESPN said Thursday. The former NBC reality series is being delivered to the sports network by original producers Mark Burnett Prods. and DreamWorks (HR 8/12), who convened a press conference at Los Angeles' Staples Center, site of the event. " 'The Contender' is back," said Burnett, who was joined by his partners in the venture, Sugar Ray Leonard and Sylvester Stallone. "We said it wouldn't go away". The ESPN telecast will feature a fight between Contender champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora and Peter "The Pride of Providence" Manfredo Jr., whom Mora defeated in the finale of the series in May. The event also will reunite other fighters from the first season on the undercard. ESPN also plans to carry a second season of Contender as early as April. »

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Stallone Believes His Show Is Not Responsible for Suicide

22 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sylvester Stallone refuses to accept his upcoming reality TV show The Contender is to blame for the apparent suicide of promising boxer Najai Turpin. Turpin, a contestant on the Rocky star's boxing reality show, shot himself last week, to the astonishment of both producers and his fellow contenders. And while Stallone, who attended Turpin's funeral with Sugar Ray Leonard on Friday, is shocked by the incident, he doubts his show is linked to the tragedy. He says, "This unfortunate occurrence seems to have nothing to do with boxing but other personal issues that we really don't know much about." Stallone says Turpin's presence will remain throughout the series, which is set to premiere in America on March 7. The actor adds, "I loved this man. I loved what he stood for. He was incredibly brave. When he was with his child, you saw the child in him come out." »

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