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Stallone says “NBC is not giving up” on The Contender and compares it to Rocky.

Stallone says “NBC is not giving up” on The Contender and compares it to Rocky. Despite tepid ratings, Sylvester Stallone says definitively that “NBC is not giving up” on The Contender. To help spark interest, the series will air a recap episode Sunday at 7 p.m. ET that includes Stallone, Sugar Ray Leonard, and the …

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Contender “ignores … that boxing’s appeal rests with its resistance to cleanliness.”

Contender “ignores … that boxing’s appeal rests with its resistance to cleanliness.” Examining NBC’s The Contender and its lack of overwhelming success so far, The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir argues that producer Mark “Burnett’s intended pasteurization of boxing … ignores the historic truth that boxing’s appeal rests with its resistance to cleanliness.” The show, …

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Jeff Fraza leaves because of chicken pox; Peter Manfredo returns; Najai loses.

Jeff Fraza leaves because of chicken pox; Peter Manfredo returns; Najai loses. As reality blurred revealed last week, Peter Manfredo returned to The Contender after one of the remaining boxers left. Our source got the reason wrong, however, as Jeff “The Hell Raza” Fraza left because he contracted chicken pox. (To my ears, “broken wrist” …

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