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  1. Smith-Molina delay ends well

    Dan Rafael

    Sometimes what looks like a big disappointment ultimately works out for the best. Case in point: Ishe Smith's first junior middleweight title defense against mandatory challenger Carlos Molina. In February, Smith outpointed Cornelius "K9" Bundrage...

    Blog | September 09, 2013
  2. Sergio Mora signs with DiBella

    Dan Rafael

    Middleweight Sergio Mora, a former junior middleweight titlist and first-season winner of "The Contender" reality series, signed Tuesday with promoter Lou DiBella. "I have always respected Lou for his bold ways and honesty," Mora, known as "The La...

    Blog | July 30, 2013
  3. Manfredo's return no surprise

    Dan Rafael

    This should not come as any surprise to anyone: Peter Manfredo Jr. is coming out of retirement. Shocking, right? The scrappy brawler from Providence, R.I., parlayed his time on the first season of "The Contender" into multiple big opportunities bu...

    Blog | November 08, 2012
  4. Cornelius Bundrage, Gary Russell Jr. not so different

    Dan Rafael

    One is a veteran in the late stages of his career, while the other is a hot prospect just launching his own. But Cornelius Bundrage and Gary Russell Jr., both on the shelf far too long, are ready to make the most of Saturday's opportunity.

    Story | Conversation | June 29, 2012
  5. Mora out to get even with Vera

    Dan Rafael

    Former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora (23-2-2, 7 KOs), who won the first season of "The Contender" reality series, lost a 10-round upset split decision in February 2011 against Brian Vera (20-6, 12 KOs), who participated in a later season of...

    Blog | June 16, 2012
  6. Bika has new trainer, June 2 bout

    Dan Rafael

    Ask super middleweight champ and undefeated pound-for-pound star Andre Ward who gave him his toughest fight. He'll tell you it was Sakio Bika. Australia's Bika, who won "The Contender" reality series tournament in 2007, is as rugged as they come. ...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  7. Super Six: Allan Green replaces Jermain Taylor, to face Andre War...

    Dan Rafael

    Super middleweight Allan Green will replace Jermain Taylor in Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament, promoter Lou DiBella said.

    Story | Conversation | January 23, 2010
  8. Winky Wright's return to ring against Grady Brewer canceled

    Dan Rafael

    Former undisputed junior middleweight champion Winky Wright's return to the ring against Grady Brewer was canceled Monday.

    Story | Conversation | November 30, 2009
  9. Former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora signs with Cameron...

    Dan Rafael

    Former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora, best known for winning the first season of the boxing reality show "The Contender," signed Thursday with manager Cameron Dunkin, about a month after parting ways with promoter Tournament of Contenders.

    Story | Conversation | September 24, 2009
  10. Richard Schaefer in Big Apple to wheel and deal

    Dan Rafael

    Your weekly random thoughts. … • Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has come East to make deals. When it comes to closing a deal, Schaefer is one of the best in the business. The former Swiss banker is a no-nonsense, put-your-cards-on-...

    Blog | Conversation | August 06, 2009
  11. 'The Contender' to feature two ex-title challengers; TV star Danz...

    Dan Rafael

    The fourth season of the boxing reality series "The Contender" will feature former world title challengers Darnell "Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson and Rico Hoye among an eclectic 16-man tournament field.

    Story | Conversation | September 28, 2008
  12. New season of 'The Contender' on Versus to feature cruiserweights...

    Dan Rafael

    Four months after ESPN canceled "The Contender," the boxing reality series that produced junior middleweight titleholder Sergio Mora and other title challengers, has found new life on Versus.

    Story | Conversation | July 10, 2008
  13. It's reality: Mora becomes first 'Contender' to win world title

    Dan Rafael

    "The Contender" has a champion to call their own after Sergio Mora outworked Vernon Forrest to become junior middleweight champion.

    Story | Conversation | June 09, 2008
  14. Gomez keen on pulling the upset card -- again

    Dan Rafael

    Alfonso Gomez may be a heavy underdog going into his fight with Miguel Cotto, but that doesn't faze Gomez one bit.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | April 11, 2008
  15. ESPN takes series 'The Contender' out of the ring

    Dan Rafael

    ESPN has canceled boxing reality series "The Contender."

    Story | Conversation | April 10, 2008
  16. Bika rules over Soliman

    Dan Rafael

    For one last Tuesday night, my wife, Jenn, and I were on the reclining couch watching ESPN's "The Contender." Next week, I will be inside Boston's TD Banknorth Garden, where I assume my seat will be less comfortable, covering the season fin...

    Blog | October 31, 2007