The Contender USA Season 1
 

The Contender USA Season 1

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Proudly Presenting  The Contender USA Season 1 on Boxing DVD

The Contender is a reality television series that follows a group of boxers as they fight with one another in an elimination-style boxing competition, while their lives and relationships with each other and their families are depicted. Produced by Mark Burnett, the show is hosted by Sugar Ray Leonard, who shared hosting duties in the first season with actor Sylvester Stallone. Leonard also serves as a boxing trainer on the show, along with Tommy Gallagher. During the first season, boxing manager Jackie Kallen also served as counsel to the boxers.
The show takes the format of a boxing game show, with the boxers divided into two teams based on their place of residence in the United States: East Coastor vs West Coast . These boxing teams live together in group living quarters, in Pasadena, California in the historic Royal Laundry Building on Raymond Avenue, and compete for the right to choose which of their team members fights that week, and who he fights against. Most of the second half of the hour-long episodes are devoted to that fight: the loser is eliminated.
On February 14, 2005, one of the 16 contestants, Najai Turpin, hopeless over personal matters, committed suicide, shooting himself while sitting with his girlfriend in a parked car outside the West Philadelphia gym where he trained.

The Boxing Fighters

Alfonso Gomez
Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante
Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith
Jesse “The Body” Brinkley
Joey Gilbert
Miguel Espino
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora
Tarick “The Arabian Prince” Salmaci
East Coast Team
Ahmed “Babyface” Khaddour
Brent “The Disciple” Cooper
Jeff “The Hell Raza” Fraza
Jimmy Lange
Jonathan “Reid Dawg” Reid
Juan “El Gallo Negro” de la Rosa
Najai “Nitro” Turpin
Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr.
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