The Contender

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Season 4

The Contender is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett about the lives, fears and hopes of 16 professional boxers as they compete for the chance to change their lives and the lives of the people they love forever.

The series originally premiered in the USA on NBC on 7 March 2005. It was cancelled after the first season by NBC, but acquired by ESPN for another two seasons. It was cancelled by ESPN after Season 3, whereafter it moved to the Versus channel for Season 4.

The Contender premiered in South Africa on DStv's actionX (now M-Net Action) channel on Tuesday 1 August 2006, at 19h00. It premiered on SABC2 on Friday 23 March 2007, at 21h00. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times by channel.

Season 4 premiered on M-Net Action on Thursday 17 December 2009, at 18h00. There are 12 hour-long episodes in the fourth season.

Season 4 Repeats

Thursdays: 23h00
Fridays: 10h00
Sundays: 09h00

Season 4

The fourth season of The Contender features 16 Cruiserweights from around the world who will face each other in a 12-episode competition.

With former boxer and television star Tony Danza serving as host and mentor and veteran Tommy Brooks and John Bray serving as trainers, these fighters will go through the most intense training of their lives and battle in the most challenging fights of their careers.

In the end, the two left standing will get into the ring to fight for the coveted title of Contender Champion.


The 16 fighters who will compete in the fourth season of The Contender - along with their age, hometown, and prior professional record - are:

Mike Alexander
Age: 34
From: Columbus, Ohio
Record: 12-2, 8 KOs

Felix Cora Jr.
Age: 28
From: Galveston, Texas
Record: 18-2-2, 9 KOs

Ryan Coyne
Age: 26
From: St. Louis, Missouri
Record: 9-0 3 KOs

Ehinomen "Hino" Ehikhamenor
Age: 28
From: Queens, New York
Record: 12-3-0, 7 KOs

Deon Elam
Age: 28
From: Van Nuys, California
Record: 9-0-0, 5 KOs

Alfredo Escalera Jr.
Age: 28
From: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Record: 15-1-1, 11 KOs

Tim Flamos
Age: 41
From: Brockton, Massachusetts
Record: 20-4-1, 8 KOs

Richard Gingras
Age: 27
From: Claremont, New Hampshire
Record: 9-1-0, 5 KOs

Joell Godfrey
Age: 27
From: St. Louis, Illinois
Record: 9-0-1, 5 KOs

Rico Hoye
Age: 33
From: Detroit, Michigan
Record: 20-2, 15 KOs

Akinyemi "AK" Laleye
Age: 27
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Record: 10-1, 5 KOs

Troy Ross
Age: 33
From: Toronto, Ontario
Record: 17-1, 12 KOs

Jon Schneider
Age: 29
From Yonkers, New York
Record: 7-2-1, 5 KOs

Lawrence Tauasa
Age: 29
From: Sydney, Australia
Record: 30-5-1, 17 KOs

Erick Vega
Age: 29
From: Phoenix, Arizona
Record: 8-2-1, 6 KOs

Darnell "Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson
Age: 33
From: Takoma Park, Maryland
Record: 23-7-3, 20 KOs


Season 1 (15 episodes)

Channel: actionX | Premiere: 1 Aug 2006 | Finale: 7 Nov 2006 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 23 Mar 2007 | Finale: 29 Jun 2007 | Fridays, 21h00

Season 2 (14 episodes)

Channel: actionX | Premiere: 28 May 2007 | Finale: 27 Aug 2007 | Mondays, 20h00
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 15 Feb 2008 | Finale: 2 May 2008 | Fridays, 21h00

Season 3 (8 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 4 Aug 2008 | Finale: 6 Oct 2008 | Mondays, 19h00

Season 4 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 17 Dec 2009 | Finale: 4 Mar 2010 | Thursdays, 18h00

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