The CON-tender Spirit Lives On!
By Charles “Sweetchuck” Presnell
Photos: Bret "The Threat" Newton
Once again television reality show The Contender showed a lack of class and just how Hollywood has dictated the way this show has been presented. The television showed was plagued by stretching of the rules and deceiving the public. The Contender Rematch show was filled with even more controversy than the reality show. Three out of three fights left a bad taste in the mouth and leaves thoughts about whether blending two of the dirtiest industries together is a good idea.
The main event showed just how bad a decision can be. Peter Manfredo finally lived up to hype given to him on the reality series to be blessed with a terrible hometown decision loss. Not that Manfredo looked like a world beater by any means. However, compared to the effort put out by Sergio Mora, Manfredo displayed hunger and improved skill. Mora better hold onto whatever portion of the million dollar purse he won on the show because it will probably be the only million dollars he ever earns in the ring. Mora looked clumsy and confused as he was thoroughly outboxed. While Mora had a few moments in the fight, Manfredo showed he raised his game and added new dimensions to his abilities. Give Freddie Roach credit for his work on making Manfredo a better, more rounded fighter. In the end the sportsmanship and skill displayed by Mora were terrible and a major discredit to boxing. Mora proved only one thing in the ring: that he is nowhere near being a legit contender and if he fought a legit contender, he wouldn’t last. Manfredo did show versatility and that he still is a good prospect for the future.
In the first fight, Alfonzo Gomez knocked out Feliciano Ortiz in the
fourth round. It should be better said that the referee stopped the
fight after spending the third and fourth rounds looking in close
for a moment where Ortiz didn’t fight back so he could step in.
Gomez looked very impressive and may have knock Ortiz out eventually
without looking premature. Nonetheless, the way the referee acted
should be noted. Hopefully Gomez continues to look good in his
fights as he continues to show that he is the shining star of the