The Contender (2005–2007)

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 Himself - Host / ... (43 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jeff Connor ...
 Himself - Ring Announcer / ... (38 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jeremy Williams ...
 Himself - Trainer (34 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sergio Mora ...
 Himself - Fighter / ... (34 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tommy Gallagher ...
 Himself - Trainer / ... (33 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Himself - Fighter / ... (32 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jeff Fraza ...
 Himself - Fighter (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
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 Himself - Fighter / ... (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Anthony Bonsante ...
 Himself - Fighter (23 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jesse Brinkley ...
 Himself - Fighter (23 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Himself - Fighter (23 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Himself - Fighter / ... (23 episodes, 2005-2007)
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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Both Sylvester Stallone's daughters appear in this show as spectators in a fight. See more »

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Sugar Ray Leonard: Juan, to me, was a boxing prodigy. But last night, he fought like an amateur.
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A Triumph for Boxing Fans
8 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Anybody who is a fan of boxing should love this. It will also appeal to non-fans because the stories of the boxers themselves are heart-warming. It really gets into the heads of the fighters and shows what drives them, be it honor, fame, family, or God. I don't care much for the little athletic competitions they use to pick who fights next, but the fights, while only 5 rounds long, are action-packed and full of drama. Even if the fights are taped and edited, you'll be on the edge of your seat, and none of the hard hits, huge comebacks, and saddening defeats lose their impact. And since you get into the heads of these boxers and appreciate where they're coming from, when they fight, sometimes it's hard to choose who to root for. These guys are all winners*.

My only problem with the show is it is a little too over-packaged and edited. But, that's network TV for you. It doesn't matter too much in the end, because this show is still great, and one of two current shows I follow with great zeal (the other show being "Lost").

*With the possible exception of Ahmed Kahddour. Cocky bastard.


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