Monday, July 17, 2006

Detailed Contestant Bios For THE CONTENDER SEASON 2 - Premieres Tomorrow On ESPN

THE CONTENDER is the critically-acclaimed, unscripted drama about the lives, fears and hopes of sixteen professional boxers as they compete for the chance to change their lives and the lives of the people they love forever. Boxing legend and five-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard serves as host and mentor, guiding the boxers through the most intense training of their careers and the most challenging experience of their lives.

Each episode culminates in a five-round professional bout where the winner moves one step closer to the grand cash prize and a shot at the title of Contender Champion. The series concludes with a live finale from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Season two of THE CONTENDER premieres tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 18, 2006 on ESPN and will air under the ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) banner.

The series is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sylvester Stallone and Lisa Hennessy. Page Feldman, Eden Gaha, Conrad Riggs, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Jeff Wald are co-executive producers.

Bios of each Contender has been posted by and are available by going to:

The Contenders are :

Aaron Torres From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Andre "Daredevil"son From Brooklyn, New York
Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage From Detroit, Michigan
Ebo "The X-treme Machine" Elder From Newnan, Georgia
Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer From Lawton, Oklahoma
Freddy "Furious Freddy" Curiel From Vernon, New Jersey
Gary "Tiger" Balletto From Johnston, Rhode Island
Michael "Cold Blood" Clark From Columbus, Ohio
Jeff "HellRaza" Fraza From Haverhill, Massachusetts
Micheal "No Joke" Stewart From New Castle, Delaware
Nick Acevedo From New York, New York
Norberto "El Gallito" Bravo From Tucson, Arizona
Rudy "El Cachorro" Cisneros From Chicago, Illinois
Steve "2 Pound" Forbes From Las Vegas, Neveda
Vinroy "Slick" Barrett From Negril, Jamaica
Walter "2 Guns" Wright From Kent, Washington