They've already said there would be no second season. The ratings took a nose dive after they let Peter and that other idiot back into the contest after they had lost when they built the show around, "loser goes home".
I also had read several weeks ago that Peter and Sergio were the final 2 and apparently it was no secret because for some reason they couldn't keep it a secret very well.
And lastly, i had read an interesting article about the records of all the fighters and who they had fought and let me assure you they were anything but Contenders. Ya they had nice records but against complete nobodies it was exaggerated to ridiculous lenghts.
In saying that, i actually enjoyed the show. I had no idea the finale was on last night.
I found the article i read a coule months back about the show. http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2005/Mar-12-Sat-2005/sports/26049990.html
I just read this guy's article. It's absurd and idiotic.The show is built on a phony premise. In the opening segment Monday, Stallone tells the fighters, "The only difference between you and the current champions is that they got a chance and you didn't."
Looks like Stallone is paying these guys so much he didn't have enough to buy a record book. The combined record of the fighters' opponents is 2,593 wins, 3,560 losses and 295 draws.
Well, here's a news flash...there's a LOSER for each WINNER. If you add the records of most young fighters, their opponents would have losing records. After all, if you add up all the boxers in the world, they have a .500 record. So these guys fought meatbags. Most boxers do.
For proof, here's the first 10 fighters of Mike Tyson's career (I picked Tyson at random because he was the youngest Heavyweight champion - let's see who he fought).
Mar. 6 -- Hector Mercedes, Albany, N.Y., (1-6-0)
Apr. 10 -- Trent Singleton, Albany, N.Y., (0-3-0)
May 23 -- Don Halpern, Albany, N.Y., (8-23-0)
June 20 -- Rick Spain, Atlantic City, N.J., (2-23-1)
July 11 -- John Alderson, Atlantic City, N.J., (6-1-0)
July 19 -- Larry Sims, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., (3-19-3)
Aug. 15 -- Lorenzo Canady, Atlantic City, N.J., (7-10-1)
Sept. 5 -- Michael Johnson, Atlantic City, N.J., (15-18-1)
Oct. 9 -- Donnie Long, Atlantic City, N.J., (16-10-0)
Oct. 25 -- Robert Colay, Atlantic City, N.J., (8-11-1)
That's 66-123-7. I guess Mike wasn't worthy of being a "Contender". Friggin' absurd.None of the fighters is good enough even to come close to beating Bernard Hopkins, Felix Trinidad, Winky Wright or Jermain Taylor, the best middleweights in the world.
Duh. Let's name 4 of the best boxers in the world. Does this idiot actually expect the very best in the world to risk their reputations and titles on a TV show for a paltry $1 million? Do you think Don King or Lou Duva would allow that?
The guys in the Contender are very skilled. Anyone who has seen the fights knows this. These guys aren't chumps. Maybe they're not #1 or #2 in the world, but they are all pretty good fighters. Sergio, with a little more experience under his belt (he's had 15 fights now), would be a tough opponent for most other boxers in his weight class. Now if you want to talk about lack of skill, try Oscar's boxing show. Those guys were chumps.
As for letting Peter and Ahmed back in, they had to replace the guys who were injured or sick. After all, you can't have an odd number of boxers or you wouldn't even have a fight for an episode! One guy got chicken pox and the other quit after a cut. I don't see this as any kind of manipulation - just common sense, which the writer of the article doesn't seem to have any of. If the vote was rigged, I'd be angry. But if it wasn't (and I doubt it was), it was the ONLY way to keep things honest and the right number of boxers in the field.
I hope the show comes back. It was entertaining, honest and the action was pretty damned good. The production values were great, too.