WEEK-BY-WEEK RECAP (cont.):
Review: Contender Episode 4
Reality TV doesn't get any more real than the fourth episode of NBC's "The Contender". This week's bout was between Sergio Mora and Najai Turpin. Turpin is the contestant who killed himself in February, months after the show was taped . . .
March 20, 2005 - READ MORE
Review: Contender Episode 3
In the third installment of "The Contender", Ishe Smith won a unanimous five round decision over Ahmed Kaddour. Unfortuantely, however, we may not have seen the last of Ahmed Kaddour . . .
March 13, 2005 - READ MORE
Review: Contender Episode 2
Jesse Brinkley defeated Jonathan Reid by decision in the second episode of NBC's reality-series "The Contender". The fight appeared to be relatively close, but that may have as much to do with editing as anything . . .
March 11, 2005 - READ MORE
Review: Contender Episode 1
NBC's much-hyped "The Contender" made its debut last night. As expected, the latest entry in the already crowded reality show field is more soap opera than sporting event . . .
March 8, 2005 - READ MORE
New Boxing Reality Show Debuts Tonight
A new boxing reality show, "The Contender", debuts tonight on NBC at 9:30 PM ET/PT. NBC is banking on reality show wiz Mark Burnett and co-hosts Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard to deliver a hit . . .
March 7, 2005 - READ MORE
Sergio Mora, 25, 12-0 (3 KOs) -- Born and still lives in East L.A.. ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 4. ADVANCED TO FINAL FOUR IN EPISODE 9. ADVANCED TO FINALS IN EPISODE 14. WON TITLE WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER PETER MANFREDO JR.
Peter Manfredo Jr., 24, 21-1 (10 KOs) -- Talented Rhode Island native entered the tournament with an undefeated record. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 1. VOTED BACK TO REPLACE JEFF FRAZA IN EPISODE 4. ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 5. ADVANCED TO FINAL FOUR IN EPISODE 11. ADVANCED TO FINALS IN EPISODE 13. LOST IN FINALS TO SERGIO MORA.
Alfonso Gomez, 24 years old, 11 wins-2 losses-1 draw (4 knockouts) -- Mexican-American, trained by his father. Happy to play part of "underdog". ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 1. ADVANCED TO FINAL FOUR IN EPISODE 10. ELIMINATED IN SEMI-FINALS IN EPISODE 13.
Jesse Brinkley, 28, 23-1 (16 KOs) -- Rode up on a motorcycle. Large scorpion tattoo on his shoulder. ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 2. ADVANCED TO FINAL FOUR IN EPISODE 12. ELIMINATED IN SEMI-FINALS IN EPISODE 14.
Anthony Bonsante, 34, 25-4-3 (14 KOs) -- Single father of two. Night-shift supervisor at a K-Mart in Minnesota. Oldest competitor. ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 6. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 12.
Joey Gilbert, 28, 8-0 (7 KOs) -- Former NCAA boxing champ is licensed to practice law in Nevada. ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 8. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 11.
Ahmed "Hollywood" Kaddour,23, 18-0 (9 KOs) -- Born in Lebanon, raised in Denmark. Flashy clothes, trash talker. Already getting into it with Ishe Smith. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 3. VOTED BACK TO REPLACE JUAN DE LA ROSA IN EPISODE 9. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 10.
Ishe Smith, 26, 14-0 (7 KOs) -- Grew up in Las Vegas. Self-appointed loud-mouth of series has targeted Ahmed Kaddour for verbal sparring. ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 3. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 9.
Juan De La Rosa, 18, 12-0-1, (11 KOs) -- Youngest boxer in the competition. ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND IN EPISODE 7. IN EPISODE 8, CHOSE TO DROP OUT DUE TO CUT AND INJURED HAND.
Jonathan Reid,32, 33-1 (19 KOs) -- Married with four kids. Did three years for armed robbery. Most experienced fighter in group. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 2
Jeff Fraza, 27, 16-2 (10 KOs) -- Massachusetts native. Father and grandfather were boxers. Playing part of "undersized" underdog. FORCED TO WITHDRAW DUE TO CHICKEN POX IN EPISODE 4.
Najai Turpin, 23, 11-1 (8 KOs) -- Philadephia fighter committed suicide in February after the show had completed filming. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 4
Miguel Espino, 25, 9-1-1 (3 KOs) -- Lives in poor section of North Hollywood with his father, his 16-year-old sister and his mother who is legally blind. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 5
Brent Cooper, 31, 20-2-2 (15 KOs) -- Born-again Christian from Tennessee. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 6
Tarick Salmaci, 33, 19-1 (5 KOs) -- Lebanese-American is a real estate broker in Michigan. Had been retired for over three years. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 7
Jimmy Lange, 29, 24-1-1 (17 KOs) -- Described as a devout Catholic and father of two. ELIMINATED IN EPISODE 8
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