The Contender 3

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The Contender 3
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes ?
Original channel ESPN
Original run September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04) – November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)
Season chronology
← Previous
The Contender 2
Next →
The Contender 4

The Contender 3 is a reality television show based on the sport of boxing, but with an element of the (super middleweight) competitor's lives and relationships with each other within the show's living quarters, based in Pasadena, California. The first episode aired September 4 on ESPN, with a live finale on November 6 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. Full fight matches from the show air as bonus episodes on ESPN2. The programme is broadcast in the United Kingdom on digital television channel ITV4 and TV2 in New Zealand



  • Sakio Bika (23-3-2, 15 KOs)The winner of the Contender 3

Contestants in Final

main article Sakio Bika vs Jaidon Codrington

Contestants Eliminated

Eliminated in the Semifinals

Eliminated in the first episode - did not fight.

Withdrew from the competition - did not fight.

Lost first fight

Won first fight, but did not score high enough on the power rankings to make the semifinals

As well, he was declared medically un-eligible with a bad cut on his nose.



A teaser video for the season shows the boxers undergoing SPARQ testing to evaluate boxing-specific athleticism by measuring punching power, endurance and speed, among other tests.Video on YouTube

Fight Results[edit]

  • Episode 3
  • In the second fight of The Contender tournament, Sam Soliman defeats Max Alexander by unanimous decision (50-44, 49-45, 48-46)
  • Gold Team 2, Blue Team 0
  • Episode 4
  • In the third fight of The Contender tournament, Wayne Johnsen defeats Miguel Hernandez by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)
  • Blue Team 1, Gold Team 2
  • Episode 5
  • In the fourth fight of The Contender tournament, Sakio Bika defeats Donny McCrary by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
  • Blue Team 2, Gold Team 2
  • Episode 6
  • The fifth fight of The Contender tournament, Paul Smith defeats David Banks by split decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47)
  • Blue Team 3, Gold Team 2
  • Episode 8
  • The seventh fight of The Contender tournament, Sakio Bika defeats Sam Soliman by unanimous decision.
  • Blue Team 4, Gold Team 3

Finale Fight Card[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

A number of professional athletes or other celebrities appeared on the show, offering advice to the contestants, including:


External links[edit]