The Contender

The Contender
Wednesday 14 November, 9.30pm

TV2’s intense and emotionally-charged boxing competition The Contender, hosted by Sugar Ray Leonard, is down to its two-part finale and the boxers are about to duke out their last rounds to crown the winner.

The Contender has chronicled the lives, fears and hopes of 10 boxers, as they have competed against each other for the chance to become the new reigning Contender champion, and take home one million dollars in prize money. The professional boxers came from all over the world, and have lived and trained together non-stop, with boxing matches each week seeing a competitor pack up and go home. Sugar Ray Leonard has acted not just as host, but also their mentor, guiding them through the most challenging experience of their lives.
The four finalists for the third season of The Contender are; Sakio Bika, an Australian who was part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic team; Jaidon Codrington, a former National Golden Gloves Champion; Wayne Johnsen, a former college football star-turned boxer; and Sam Soliman, another super-fit Australian who won the Commonwealth title in 2001. These Contenders have proved themselves the toughest mentally and physically, but they will be more determined than ever over the next two weeks.

Opening the night will be the rest of the Contenders who have not reached the final four. Super middleweights Brian Vera and Max Alexander will face-off for six rounds. For the second fight, fan favourites Donny McCrary and Miguel Hernandez will battle it out in a six-round middleweight fight. Rounding out the night of undercard fights, rivals David Banks and Paul Smith will square-off in a welterweight rematch for bragging rights and the chance to settle their differences once and for all.

Then, the four remaining modern-day gladiators must go head-to-head for ten rounds, with the Bronze medal title fight lasting six rounds. The Contender executive producer, Jeff Wald says, “this is the most exciting and rewarding season so far. We have watched ten great young men, with tremendous skills and fascinating stories. I’m so excited to watch this season’s final rounds.”

Just two episodes remain to determine who will take home The Contender title; get in the ring this Wednesday 14 November at 9.30pm on TV2.

The Contender
Wednesday 12 September, 9.30pm

The Contender returns to TV2 for a third series, this time with boxers from all over the world competing for a chance to change their lives.

Starting this Wednesday on TV2, follow ten super-middleweight fighters as they compete for the chance win $1 million and the Contender title. Boxing legend and five-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard serves as host and mentor, guiding the boxers through the most intense training of their career and the most challenging experience of their lives.
The professional boxers convene at a training camp where they will live, eat, sleep and train together. Each episode will culminate in a 5-round professional bout where the winner moves one step closer to the huge prize – which will change their and their family’s lives forever.

The boxers hail from all over the world and represent the best and most promising talent available. Two Australians are in the running this series, and both look set to give the other Contenders a run for their money.

Sakio ‘Scorpion’ Bika (28) was born and raised in Cameroon, and now resides in Sydney with his wife and two-year-old son. He represented Cameroon at the Sydney Olympics, and while there loved it so much he decided to live there. Sakio now has several title bouts on his resume including the Australian Middleweight title and New South Wales Middleweight title. Bika is aware of how truly lucky he is, because as he explains it, where he grew up there is no future. Joining him is Melbourne native Sam ‘King’ Soliman (33), who’s proudest moment as a fighter was winning the Commonwealth Title in 2001.

With ages ranging from 23 to 34, many of the fighters have young families, some have troubled backgrounds, and all have an incredible drive to succeed. Viewers will get a first-hand look into the real-life hopes, dreams, triumphs, and defeats of these modern-day gladiators, and this time, every round counts. Who will become the next Contender?

Get in the ring with TV2 for The Contender, Wednesday 12 September, 9.30pm.

The Contender
Wednesday 12 September, 9.30pm

The Contender returns to TV2 for a third series, this time with boxers from all over the world competing for a chance to change their lives.

Starting this Wednesday on TV2, follow ten super-middleweight fighters as they compete for the chance win $1 million and the Contender title. Boxing legend and five-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard serves as host and mentor, guiding the boxers through the most intense training of their career and the most challenging experience of their lives.
The professional boxers convene at a training camp where they will live, eat, sleep and train together. Each episode will culminate in a 5-round professional bout where the winner moves one step closer to the huge prize – which will change their and their family’s lives forever.

The boxers hail from all over the world and represent the best and most promising talent available. Two Australians are in the running this series, and both look set to give the other Contenders a run for their money.

Sakio ‘Scorpion’ Bika (28) was born and raised in Cameroon, and now resides in Sydney with his wife and two-year-old son. He represented Cameroon at the Sydney Olympics, and while there loved it so much he decided to live there. Sakio now has several title bouts on his resume including the Australian Middleweight title and New South Wales Middleweight title. Bika is aware of how truly lucky he is, because as he explains it, where he grew up there is no future. Joining him is Melbourne native Sam ‘King’ Soliman (33), who’s proudest moment as a fighter was winning the Commonwealth Title in 2001.

With ages ranging from 23 to 34, many of the fighters have young families, some have troubled backgrounds, and all have an incredible drive to succeed. Viewers will get a first-hand look into the real-life hopes, dreams, triumphs, and defeats of these modern-day gladiators, and this time, every round counts. Who will become the next Contender?

Get in the ring with TV2 for The Contender, Wednesday 12 September, 9.30pm.

RUDE AWAKENINGS
Final Episode:
Friday 20 April, 8.35, TV ONE

THE CONTENDER
Final Episode:
Wednesday 18th April, 10.30pm, TV2

Wednesday, January 31, 10.30pm

Following on from a successful first season, The Contender returns to launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar.

The Contender again follows 16 aspiring boxers from training camp through an evolving series of ring challenges and boxing matches. In this second series, a new group of professional boxers compete. Upon entering the Fight Night Arena, the boxers are greeted by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and begin training immediately. Some will focus on heavy bags and speed bags, while others eye their competition. Trainer Jeremy Williams will wake them the following day for an early morning run and then, at ‘Call Out’, the first match-up is made – putting an underdog up against a well-known boxer.

The Contender screens Wednesday nights on TV2 at 10.30pm.