Contender 4 debuts on Versus with new host Tony Danza

The Contender 4 debuts tonight, and the show is on its third network in four seasons. The 12 episodes will air on Versus, formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network, on Wednesday nights at 10.

But networks aren’t all it’s changed: the show has a new host, Tony Danza (who replaced Sugar Ray Leonard); new trainers; and a new location, Singapore. Two teams of eight cruiserweight boxers will compete in five-round fights.

Danza says that, for season one when Sylvester Stallone hosted, Danza “was supposed to be the host, but they decided the big movie star would be a better host than me.” He’s not shy about criticizing that first season: “There were a couple things I didn’t like, I didn’t like the host. I didn’t like the fact that the families were so prominent.”

He also says that the distant location means “the families aren’t present,” although “The guys’ stories are still filled with [family] stuff.”

The Contender [Versus]
Former club boxer Tony Danza does a bout face as host of ‘The Contender’ [New York Daily News]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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