Hosts Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard give 16 young boxing hopefuls a shot at the big time in this Mark Burnett and Jeffrey Katzenberg reality drama. The Contender will delve into ... See full summary »

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Jeff Connor ...
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Jeremy Williams ...
 Himself - Trainer 34 episodes, 2005-2007
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 Himself - Fighter 27 episodes, 2005-2006
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 Himself - Fighter / ... 26 episodes, 2005-2007
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Miguel Espino ...
 Himself - Fighter / ... 17 episodes, 2005-2006
Tarick Salmaci ...
 Himself - Fighter / ... 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Freddy Curiel ...
 Himself - Fighter 17 episodes, 2006-2007
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Jackie Kallen ...
 Herself - Manager 16 episodes, 2005
Dub Huntley ...
 Himself - Trainer 16 episodes, 2005
Anthony Bonsante ...
 Himself - Fighter 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Brent Cooper ...
 Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Juan de la Rosa ...
 Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
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Jonathan Reid ...
 Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Ishe Smith ...
 Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Najai Turpin ...
 Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Jack Reiss ...
 Himself - Referee / ... 18 episodes, 2006-2009
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Hosts Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard give 16 young boxing hopefuls a shot at the big time in this Mark Burnett and Jeffrey Katzenberg reality drama. The Contender will delve into the lives of each of the boxers as they work their way to a million dollar paycheck and a career as a professional boxer. Written by JesusFan

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On 14 February 2005, 23-year-old contestant Najai Turpin took his own life in his car in Philadelphia. No part of the show was edited to remove Najai. See more »

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Jimmy Lange: [talking about his fight with Joey] When you look at it on paper, this fight should be a walk in the park. But I know it's not gonna be.
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Great fun watching marginal boxing
13 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is reality show from Mark Burnett and Sylvester Stallone. It aims to bring boxing back to prominence with a compelling TV competition show. Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard give 16 young hopefuls a shot at a million dollar paycheck.

The reality part with the personal lives isn't that great. The games they play are of little interest. It is the boxing match that makes this show. It's not simply a sports boxing match like all the rest. They've Hollywooded it up with slow motion, and selective editing to amp up the adrenaline rush. The boxing matches are a great watch worthy of any big time movie. As for the caliber of the boxing, that's very much in dispute. But that may not be the point. We're watching the beauty of 2 men in competition, but not necessarily finding the next champ.


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