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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Sugar Ray Leonard ...  Self - Host / ... 43 episodes, 2005-2007
Jeff Connor Jeff Connor ...  Ring Announcer / ... 38 episodes, 2005-2007
Alfonso Gomez Jr. ...  Self - Fighter / ... 32 episodes, 2005-2007
Tommy Gallagher Tommy Gallagher ...  Self - Trainer / ... 33 episodes, 2005-2007
Jeremy Williams Jeremy Williams ...  Self - Trainer 34 episodes, 2005-2007
Sergio Mora Sergio Mora ...  Self - Fighter / ... 34 episodes, 2005-2007
Jeff Fraza Jeff Fraza ...  Self - Fighter 27 episodes, 2005-2006
Peter Manfredo Jr. ...  Self - Fighter / ... 26 episodes, 2005-2007
Jesse Brinkley Jesse Brinkley ...  Self - Fighter 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Miguel Espino Miguel Espino ...  Self - Fighter / ... 17 episodes, 2005-2006
Tarick Salmaci Tarick Salmaci ...  Self - Fighter / ... 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Freddy Curiel Freddy Curiel ...  Self - Fighter 17 episodes, 2006-2007
Sylvester Stallone ...  Boxing Mentor / ... 16 episodes, 2005
Jackie Kallen Jackie Kallen ...  Self - Manager 16 episodes, 2005
Dub Huntley Dub Huntley ...  Self - Trainer 16 episodes, 2005
Anthony Bonsante Anthony Bonsante ...  Self - Fighter 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Brent Cooper Brent Cooper ...  Self - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Juan de la Rosa Juan de la Rosa ...  Self - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Joey Gilbert ...  Self - Fighter 23 episodes, 2005-2007
Ahmed Kaddour Ahmed Kaddour ...  Self - Fighter 17 episodes, 2005-2007
Jimmy Lange Jimmy Lange ...  Self - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Reid Jonathan Reid ...  Self - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Ishe Smith Ishe Smith ...  Self - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Najai Turpin Najai Turpin ...  Self - Fighter 16 episodes, 2005
Jack Reiss ...  Self - 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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Sugar Ray Leonard: Juan, to me, was a boxing prodigy. But last night, he fought like an amateur.
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Jesse VS Sergio (Was it Real or a Dive)?
23 May 2005 | by RealDealIISee all my reviews

You know when I first watch 'The Contender' I thought it was pretty neat. A real boxing match, no one takes a dive, its all guts and glory. But I got to tell you, after watching Jesse and Sergio's fight I was pretty SHOCK! I had this recorded on my DVR. And if anyone else did check out round six. Jesse had just beat Sergio in round five, but as he seat on his stool getting ready for round seven, his trainer/manager tells him "Let him have this round" and Jesse comes out not throwing any punches and give round six to Sergio, just as his corner told him to do. Again, all of you that taped it look at the end of round 5 going into 6. I guess all shows have scripts to follow.


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