Who Will Reportedly Be Appearing On A Potential Reality Show Comeback?
The quest for exposure in the boxing world brought upon “The Contender”, which helped young boxers shine. Now, it appears the program could be making its way back to the homes of fans from all over the world.
According to Boxing Scene, “The Contender” will be returning via BBC programming. Not only will the program return for the first time since 2018, but executives are looking into a big guest to be its host. That would be lineal and WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury.
“There’s still a lot to discuss, such as when Tyson would have to go into camp and what his schedule would be for the show, but he’s interested,” a source told Boxing Scene when it comes to Fury v. Deontay Wilder. “The timing of the whole thing has to be worked out.”
Created in 2005, The Contender has seen various versions take place, from NBC, ESPN, all the way to Epix. The series showcases boxers compete against one another in an elimination-style competition. Fighters who have been a part of the series include Shane Mosley Jr., Steve Forbes, Sergio Mora, and Sakio Bika. The loser of each week goes home while the ultimate winner receives a big purse.
Previous hosts have been Sylvester Stallone, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tony Danza, and Andre Ward. Trainers include Freddie Roach, Naazim Richardson, Tommy Gallagher, and John Bray.
Regarding Fury’s (30-0-1) involvement, all of this will depend on his upcoming schedule. Fury is set to face off against Wilder sometime in December. This will be a trilogy bout, as the second fight took place this past February. There may be a chance the fight is pushed to 2021.
As of now, a meeting will take place to discuss the overall details on the show, including episodes and weight class. Fury’s team has been in contact with the group, and a decision could be made soon if the right deal is made.