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Sergio Mora ...
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Jeff Fraza ...
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Jesse Brinkley ...
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Miguel Espino ...
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Tarick Salmaci ...
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Freddy Curiel ...
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Jackie Kallen ...
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Dub Huntley ...
 Himself - Trainer (16 episodes, 2005)
Anthony Bonsante ...
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Brent Cooper ...
 Himself - Fighter (16 episodes, 2005)
Juan de la Rosa ...
 Himself - Fighter (16 episodes, 2005)
 Himself - Fighter (23 episodes, 2005-2007)
Ahmed Kaddour ...
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Jimmy Lange ...
 Himself - Fighter (16 episodes, 2005)
Jonathan Reid ...
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Ishe Smith ...
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Najai Turpin ...
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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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The only thing standing between them and a dream is each other. See more »



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7 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Both Sylvester Stallone's daughters appear in this show as spectators in a fight. See more »


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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Referenced in Frontline: The Persuaders (2004) See more »

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Another epic by Mark Burnett!
20 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The first time I HEARD about this show i knew it would be ranked as one of the most watched shows ever! I didn't even have to watch it to like it. And yes, it is WAY better than Tough Enough!

The first thing i liked about this show was that it involves boxing. Each one of the contestants is fighting for what he believes in and what they believe in is that they are better than all of the other warriors in that competition.

Another thing i praise this show for is the casting of the hosts. I think it is an excellent idea to get hosts that have a background in boxing. The hosts of The Contender are: Sylvester Stallone (Sly) who starred in the Academy Award Winning Rocky and Sugar Ray Leonard, the former World Champion.

It had an excellent start because i liked the overconfidence of the contenders early on in the contest. For example: the feud between Ahmed Kaddour of the East and Ishe Smith of the West. Their fight is the most emotional match and the one with most meaning so far in the show.

Each fight is simply awesome. I liked the camera angles that slows down the punches of each fighter so you'll see if the punch hit the opponent or not. And during the end of the fight, it gets very emotional. On the part of the winner: knowing that you're one step closer to realizing your dream, assuring yourself that you're staying in the game for another week, and being proud that you were the one who sent that opponent home. On the loser's part: walking back to the locker room with your head down, taking a shower and pounding on the wall, hanging up your gloves and walking out of the gymnasium.

I recommend this show to all the fight fans and reality show enthusiasts!

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