Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week:
The Bleacher Report posted their choices for the The Best 50 Sports Shows of All Time. The Contender came in at # 44 and here’s why…
- The Contender was the brainchild of Mark Burnett of Survivor fame, and was originally hosted by Sugar Ray Leonard and Sylvester Stallone The show featured a bunch of amateur boxers trying to make it big. It was just a fun watch to see what it takes to make someone into a professional boxer. The desperation some of these guys had was palpable, and it made it that much more entertaining to watch. It eventually fizzled out, but I enjoyed the first season.
Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes checks in with the scan above from the March issue of Flex.
Thanks to Jazzman! – Craig
The odds of The Contender returning next season are looking better all the time. On Monday, July 18th, ESPN announced it was close to acquiring the rights for a second season of “The Contender.”
My guess is that if ESPN picks it up, Sly won’t appear each week. I say this for two reasons: 1] ESPN‘s budget won’t match NBC‘s and 2] Sly is gearing up for some major film work.
Still, I’m hoping that The Contender is able to make a comeback! – Craig
Sly Stallone announced Peter Manfredo Jr. will fight Sergio Mora for the $1 million prize Tuesday night at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Manfredo-Mora fight is scheduled for seven rounds and will be shown live on NBC.