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.

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Mark Burnett
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Sugar Ray Leonard ...  Himself - Host / ... 43 episodes, 2005-2007
Jeff Connor Jeff Connor ...  Himself - Ring Announcer / ... 38 episodes, 2005-2007
Alfonso Gomez Jr. ...  Himself - Fighter / ... 32 episodes, 2005-2007
Tommy Gallagher Tommy Gallagher ...  Himself - Trainer / ... 33 episodes, 2005-2007
Jeremy Williams Jeremy Williams ...  Himself - Trainer 34 episodes, 2005-2007
Sergio Mora Sergio Mora ...  Himself - Fighter / ... 34 episodes, 2005-2007
Jeff Fraza Jeff Fraza ...  Himself - Fighter 27 episodes, 2005-2006
Peter Manfredo Jr. ...  Himself - Fighter / ... 26 episodes, 2005-2007
Jesse Brinkley Jesse Brinkley ...  Himself - Fighter 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Miguel Espino Miguel Espino ...  Himself - Fighter / ... 17 episodes, 2005-2006
Tarick Salmaci Tarick Salmaci ...  Himself - Fighter / ... 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Freddy Curiel Freddy Curiel ...  Himself - Fighter 17 episodes, 2006-2007
Sylvester Stallone ...  Boxing Mentor / ... 16 episodes, 2005
Jackie Kallen Jackie Kallen ...  Herself - Manager 16 episodes, 2005
Dub Huntley Dub Huntley ...  Himself - Trainer 16 episodes, 2005
Anthony Bonsante Anthony Bonsante ...  Himself - Fighter 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Brent Cooper Brent Cooper ...  Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Juan de la Rosa Juan de la Rosa ...  Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Joey Gilbert ...  Himself - Fighter 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Ahmed Kaddour Ahmed Kaddour ...  Himself - Fighter 17 episodes, 2005-2007
Jimmy Lange Jimmy Lange ...  Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Reid Jonathan Reid ...  Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Ishe Smith Ishe Smith ...  Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Najai Turpin Najai Turpin ...  Himself - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Jack Reiss 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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The next great human drama See more »


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NBC | Official site

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USA

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English

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7 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Bokszakadémia See more »

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Sylvester Stallone's wife Jennifer Flavin appears numerous times in this series. See more »

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Tommy Gallagher: Peter's not crying. Let's go back to work. At 7:00 you better get your asses up.
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Referenced in 888.com World Grand Prix: 2016: Day One - Part 1 (2016) See more »

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Great fun watching marginal boxing
13 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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