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Contender Norberto Bravo arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence assault

Contender 2 fighter Norberto Bravo “was arrested on suspicion of beating his fiancee in front of the couple’s 4-year-old son, Tucson police said Thursday,” according to the Tucson Citizen. Norberto “Nito” Bravo Jr. was arrested “on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal damage and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Sgt. …

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Contender producer says “NBC fucked up” and Jeff Zucker “is an idiot”

Jeff Wald, an executive producer of The Contender, and the man who came up with the initial concept, tells FightNightNews that “NBC fucked up” the show last season. Specifically, he says, the network aired the show against “some incredibly strong competition,” and “put it on three different days in three different time slots the first …

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Two bouncers stabbed in bar fight where Jeff Fraza was watching his Contender loss

Two bouncers were stabbed in a bar fight that broke out at a viewing party for The Contender 2 that Jeff Fraza attended. At River City Billiards in Haverhill, Mass., “fans started throwing their own blows, overturning tables and smashing bottles” after Jeff lost on-screen, the Boston Herald reports. “Two bouncers who jumped into the …

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Contender 2 finale tickets on sale today; 70 percent of its growing audience is 18 to 49

After debuting with what Variety calls “OK” ratings for a cable network, ESPN’s The Contender 2‘s ratings “[have] risen in each of the three subsequent weeks.” Last Wednesday, 1.88 million viewers watched on Tuesday. “Even more significant,” Variety notes, “1.32 million of that total were people 18 to 49, a gaudy 70%.” Despite that, “ESPN …

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Everlast is “very pleased” with Contender 2, which it says has “reached 20 million viewers nationwide”

Contender 2 sponsor Everlast is “very pleased with the viewer ratings for this new season,” the company’s president said in a statement. Although the ratings for the first episode were down among total viewers, Everlast says the show “reached 20 million viewers nationwide across all airings on ESPN and ESPN2 just ten days since the …

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The Contender loses 5.5 million viewers moving from NBC to ESPN; ABC’s The One beaten by SciFi show

Moving from NBC to ESPN cost The Contender more than 5.5 million viewers. Last week’s debut was watched by 1.03 million people, compared to the 6.7 million that watched the first episode on NBC last spring. While some of that change could be blamed by the show’s move to cable, which has traditionally drawn fewer …

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The Contender 2 drops host Sylvester Stallone and team challenges

Sylvester Stallone will not appear on-screen for The Contender 2, which debuts on ESPN in July. Stallone “was busy filming Rocky Balboa,” according to Entertainment Weekly. Thus, Sugar Ray Leonard is left to host awkwardly all by himself. The magazine also reports that, for the second season, “producers have stripped away the silly truck-pulling and …

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Contender 2 moves to July; Manfredo felt “ripped off” but will fight again Sunday

ESPN has bumped The Contender 2‘s debut to July from April, when it was originally scheduled to debut. This Sunday, however, the network will present a special event entitled “East Coast Pride,” a fight between Peter Manfredo, Jr., and Scott Pemberton. The fight will air live from Providence, Manfredo’s home base, at 9:30 p.m. ET. …

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