The Contender 2 concludes tonight with a live bout from LA

At 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT tonight, Steve Forbes and Grady Brewer will face off in The Contender 2‘s finale for the title and the $500,000 prize. (Since its move to cable, the show has gotten a lot cheaper, shedding cast members, challenges, and a half million dollars.)

Steve and Grady will fight 10 rounds without the benefit of sound effects or slow motion, alas. First up, though, will be the “fight for third,” Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage Norberto Bravo, who will fight eight rounds.

The undercard fights, Wright versus Barrett and Torres versus Curiel, will be broadcast online, on ESPN.com, starting at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The Miami Herald’s Santos A. Perez argues that this season has not “matched the appeal generated during the first” because “the new group includes a fighter familiar with world titles and others who have enjoyed exposure on network television — a contrast from the ‘Cinderella’ theme associated with the first season.”

The Contender [ESPN]

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