Fight 1: Let's Get It On - July 12
The fight is on for the Second time. New network,
new pugilists and new twists but its still the same game. Win or go home.
Seeing as there are no teams yet, we have 16 fighters waiting for the
opportunity to prove themselves individually.
Nick Acevedo 15-1-0 from New York, NY
Gary Balletto 29-2-2 from Rhode Island
Vinroy Barrett 21-4-0 from Jamaica, now Tennessee
Grady Brewer 18-11-0 from Oklahoma
Norberto Bravo 20-10-3 from Tucson, AZ
Cornelius Bundrage 21-1-0 form Detroit, MI
Rudy Cisneros 9-1-0 from Chicago, IL
Michael Clark 35-3-0 from Ohio
Freddy Curiel 15-5-2 from New Jersey
Andre Eason 15-3-1 from Brooklyn, NY
Ebo Elder 22-2-0 from Georgia
Jeff Fraza 17-2-0 from Massachusetts
Steve Forbes 29-3-0 from Las Vegas, NV
Aaron Torres 14-2-0 from Philly, PA
Michael Stewart 38-4-2 from Delaware
Walter Wright 10-1-0 from Washington State
As the contenders get to change for the first time, all of the guys are bagging
on Cornelius K-9 Bundrage as in the ring he is show some bad boxing technique.
Thats right make fun of the guy without even knowing if he will be on your team
yet. To that note its time to pick teams. Again this year the teams will be
split into blue and gold. Michael Clark and Nick Acevedo volunteered
(unknowingly) to be captains and teams are selected schoolyard style.
Jeff "Hell Raza" Fraza
Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage
Bundrage is hurt being picked last but really
this wasnt much of a surprise. With teams selected they check out their loft
and love it. Its swanky bachelor digs at their finest folks, but their first
challenge awaits. For the first match, each team will have to nominate who will
fight without knowing who the other team has selected. The teams meet in their
respective bedrooms to come to a decision and after some deliberation. The teams
individually select Michael Clark and Cornelius "K-9 Bundrage to fight.
Bundrage gives a call home and talks to his fiancée who is completely
supportive. Clark is taking some time to himself so that he can visualize the
fight in front of him. His confidence is soaring .In the locker room he is
supported by his girlfriends and boxing coach who took him in as a child.
Bundrage is joined by his girlfriends and son and with that the battle is on.
Rd1: Bundrage attacks early and methodically lands several good punches to
Clarks head. The hooks and the uppercuts rain down assuring Bundrage of a first
Rd2: Michael Clark starts to fight back with some body work but fails to do any
serious damage. After leaving an opening, Bundrage returns fire potentially
stealing the second round.
Rd3: Finally Clark is pulling together his fight and not a moment too soon. He
blasts Bundrage against the ropes and lays into a flurry of fists that give him
a firm foothold. He then showboats during the last 30 seconds of the round
acting as if winning this round ensures him the fight.
Rd4: Bundrage lays in a blow to Clarks eye starting a bleed, but Clark is
unaffected continuing his fierce antics from round 3. After this round it is
clear that the winner of round five will likely be the winner of the fight.
Rd5: The fifth round starts out as a pure brawl with more fisticuffs than actual
boxing. After about a minute both step back to catch their breath and Bundrage
steps in and unloads a haymaker. With 2 right hooks, Clark goes down to the
canvas. He gets up but that is unlikely to help him now.
The winner, by majority decision, Cornelius Bundrage!
With that K-9 goes from worst to 1st and The Contender moves on to week 2.
Sixteen boxers strive to be the
next boxing superstar, as they try to harness their emotional
backgrounds into a lesson in the sweet science.
Recaps by Eric Pierce, GSNN
Sugar Ray Leonard
Creators: Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg
EP: Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sylvester Stallone
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions, Dreamworks SKG,
Rogue Productions for ESPN
Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Airs: Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET on ESPN
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