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 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 ...
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Anthony Bonsante ...
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Brent Cooper ...
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Juan de la Rosa ...
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Ahmed Kaddour ...
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Jimmy Lange ...
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Jonathan Reid ...
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Ishe Smith ...
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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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Sylvester Stallone's wife Jennifer Flavin-Stallone appears numerous times in this series. See more »

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Joey Gilbert: Politics is a bitch.
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Referenced in 888.com World Grand Prix: 2016: Day One - Part 1 (2016) See more »

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The best reality show i've ever seen!
12 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Unlike a lot of reality shows this one is brilliantly made and edited and is very classy, Stallone and Sugar Ray combine to make a truly great piece of entertainment. The show has had to face a lot of adversaries such as the awful copy-cat attempt - the next great champ, also it has been delayed and put in a very difficult time-slot and lets be honest boxing is not what it used to be, what's more one of the contestants even committed suicide a few months after filming for an unknown reason. However the final product is worth everything they have put in and the program is a visual spectacle with the fight at the end of every episode being the highlight. Luckily it doesn't just focus on boxing, even those who don't watch boxing will love it as it is concentrated on the moving stories of the boxers and their families.

Great Stuff!


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