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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Series cast summary:
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 ...  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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USA

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English

Release Date:

7 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone's brother Frank Stallone participated as a boxing scout while looking for contenders in spring 2004 in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Sergio Mora: [talking about getting to the finales] I've been hungry to get to this point. Now I'm famished.
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Mixed feelings
4 June 2006 | by gil_roittoSee all my reviews

I feel happy but still confused about this show. It has everything I could dream of from a good show. GOOD boxers, Stallone and Sugar Ray, tactics and psyching.

But I can't stand the dramatizing music, slow motions and empty bombastic phrases. And I hate the filming of the matches - lots of audience filming on family and friends, lots of slow motion and the from below angle never gives you a possibility to understand how the fight goes. And I feel uncertain all the time if these fights are really just the boxers doing their best, or following a script to dramatize the match - the matches are swinging forth and back a bit much.

But I just can't help loving the show. I hope that I'm not tricked, but that this show is actually the real thing.


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