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The new season of The Contender features 16 Cruiserweights from around the world who will face each other in a 12-episode competition. With former boxer and television star Tony Danza serving as host and mentor and veteran Tommy Brooks and John Bray serving as trainers, these fighters will go through the most intense training of their lives and battle in the most challenging fights of their careers. In the end, the two left standing will get into the ring to fight for the coveted title of Contender Champion.

Friday at 10:00 PM on Epix
5 Seasons, 63 Episodes
March 7, 2005
Reality, Sports
7.5/10
Cast: Sugar Ray Leonard, Jeff Connor, Alfonso Gomez Jr., Tommy Gallagher
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The Contender Full Episode Guide

  • The first-of-its-kind boxing series ends with a two-hour live Season Finale. From the "Fabulous" Forum in Los Angeles, the top two fighters go head-to-head, and battle for a $250,000 prize and the ultimate title of The Contender.

  • No more Blue. No more Gold. It is now every fighter for himself as we enter the second round of The Contender Boxing Tournament.

  • After securing a victory in the last fight, the Gold Team will have the power to be matchmakers for the first time in the tournament.

  • In the aftermath of the fight, Marcos Hernandez's injuries send him to the hospital and put his Contender future in jeopardy.

  • Tension between the teams continues to rise as one fighter continues his antics, keeping the opposing team on edge. One fighter gets to spend time with his family and two hometown rivals step into the ring to face off.

  • One team continues to reign while the other remains discouraged. Observant behavior initiates a guessing game of who will be called out next, frustrating members of the losing team, who are waiting for their chance to prove themselves.

  • Eric Walker steps up and is gunning for a major threat from the Gold side. Michael Moore is determined to stir up trouble as tension between the teams escalates. 

  • Sixteen boxers move into a training facility to compete in The Contender tournament. Two fighters have a verbal altercation outside the ring. The two teams choose fighters to represent them in the first fight of the tournament.

  • In the semi-finals double-header, the final four take to the ring for their shot at fighting live at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods for the title of Contender Champion.

  • Given a second chance at the Tournament, Joell Godfrey trains hard to prove himself in his upcoming fight. With a spot in the Final Four at stake, Hino Ehikhamenor takes on Deon Elam, and Rico Hoye fights Joell Godfrey in a Double Header.

  • A new grudge is forged when the fighters are forced to make a decision that will change the tournament. Alfredo Escalera and AK Laleye finally settle their differences in the ring.

  • The eight remaining fighters are treated to a Singaporean reward, and the 2nd round of the Contender Tournament begins with a match up of tournament favorites.

  • After stopping veteran fighter Lawrence Tauasa with a deadly right hook in just the second round, Troy Ross brings home an impressive TKO victory, keeping control of the Power of Choice and winning the fourth consecutive fight for the Gold Team.

  • Facing the knock-out power of Darnell "Ding-a-ling Man" Wilson, Ehinomen "Hollywood Hino" Ehikhamenor gives a safe but smart performance and out boxes Darnell in 5 rounds of boxing. The Gold Team walks away with their 3rd victory in a row and retains the power of choice.

  • It's the fighter from the Gold Team, Deon Elam who raises his hands in victory over Richard Gingras. It's all tied up with 2 wins apiece, and the Gold Team, once again, has the power of choice.

  • Coming off the exciting Erick Vega vs. AK Laleye fight, the Gold Team has the power of choice for the first time. The mood in the loft has changed drastically, as the Gold Team celebrates their first victory in the tournament. They then get right down to business in discussing who their first target should be. Deon makes it clear he wants to fight, eying either Richard Gingras or Mike Alexander. AK, however, suggests that they should go after the "bleeding lamb", Ryan Coyne because of the disrespect he'd shown Hino during training the day before.

  • After a 5-round, lopsided brawl with the Gold Team's Jon Schneider, Alfredo Escalera Jr. wins the second fight of the Contender Tournament and keeps the "Power of Choice" with the Blue Team.

  • Setting the bar high for the rest of the fighters, Felix "Bad News" Cora Jr. gives a solid first match performance, out-boxing Joell Godfrey in 5 rounds of cruiserweight action. Felix's victory now gives the Blue Team the first win of The Contender Tournament and the upper hand.

  • In the fourth season of The Contender", 16 of the world's best cruiserweight boxers answered the call and flew across the globe to the island nation of Singapore, to fight, in hope of being the next Contender Champion.The 16 boxers stepped into the Contender Training Gym for the very first time meeting with host Tony Danza and trainers Tommy Brooks and John Bray. The fighters were welcomed to their new gym and to Singapore, their new home. In his address, Tony let the fighters in on his little known past: he was once a professional boxer, but ended up down a different path. Tony then introduced the two trainers. Training the Gold Team is Tommy Brooks, one of the biggest names in boxing. He's trained Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield as well as the Blue Team's trainer, John Bray. John was himself a former Heavyweight contender. Now, as a trainer, John faces Tommy as a student challenging his former teacher.

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