The Contender Special - Put Up or Shut Up

PROVIDENCE (September 15, 2006) - Tournament of Contenders, in association with Classic Entertainment & Sports, will promote another LIVE boxing special - "The Contender Special - Put Up or Shut Up" -- on Saturday night, October 14 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The 12-round main event pits Providence archrivals Peter "The Pride Of Providence" Manfredo, Jr. against Joey "KO Kid" Spina in a super middleweight showdown. Unbeaten super middleweight Allan "Sweetness" Green faces 2000 Olympian Jerson Ravelo in the eight-round co-feature..

Manfredo (25-3, 11 KOs), a finalist in the original Contender, is coming of a devastating third-round TKO win against former world No. 1 contender Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton this past February before nearly 10,000 Providence fans at The Dunk. Manfredo, the former North American Boxing Organization light middleweight champion, presently is rated No. 14 by the World Boxing Council and No. 15 by the International Boxing Federation.

"Last February I showed my fans in Providence that I am the real deal," Manfredo said. "Joey Spina can talk all he wants, but when we get in the ring on October 14, I will once again show Providence that I am the true Pride of Providence."

Spina (19-0-1, 14 KOs) is the reigning WBC USNBC and IBF Intercontinental super middleweight title-holder. He believes that his journey in boxing has been much more difficult than any of the The Contenders, vowing to knockout out any of "The Pretenders" who move up to the 168-pound division, which started with Jessie Brinkley who Joey stopped in the 11th round of their May 10th fight, and now includes his bitter cross-town rival Manfredo. Spina is rated No. 16 by the WBC.

Green (22-0, 15 KOs), fighting out of Tulsa (KO), is one of the most feared prospects in boxing. The 26-year-old is the No. 1 contender in the North American Boxing Federation and NABO, as well as rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Organization and No. 18 by the WBC.

Ravelo (17-1, 12 KOs), of Newark (NJ) by way of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, represented his homeland in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He defeated former world champion Jeff Lacy as an amateur en route to winning a gold medal at the United States Challenge Cup.

Also featured on this card will be The Contender favorite Alfonso S. Gomez against an opponent to be determined. Gomez (15-3-2, 6 KOs), rated No. 8 by the NABF, was scheduled to fight on the Providence card last February, but he fell out due to illness and is very excited about fighting on this show. The Mexican-born Gomez lives in Whittier, California. His most notable win to date was a five-round unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47) against Manfredo in the first bout on the original Contender show.

The fights will be televised on ESPN2 from 10:30PM - 12:30 AM/ET. It will be tape-delayed as the main event will begin LIVE at 9:00 PM/ET inside the Dunkin' Donut Center.

Tickets priced at $502.00, $302.00, $202.00, $102.00, $77.00 and $42.00 go on sale Saturday (Sept. 15) through, all local Ticketmaster outlets or by calling Ticketmaster direct at (401) 331-2211 or (617) 931-2000. Tickets are also available through CES Boxing at (401) 724-2253, and the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office.

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The Contender is an unscripted drama about the lives, fears and hopes of 16 professional boxers as they compete for the chance to change their lives and the lives of the people they love forever. The Contender will air July 2006 under the ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) banner and be executive produced by Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice, Rock Star: INXS), Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone. For more information visit

ESPN Original Entertainment

Launched in 2001, ESPN Original Entertainment is ESPN's award-winning original programming banner. The EOE brand spans ESPN's sports-themed original movies, scripted and unscripted dramatic series, daily talk and debate series, documentaries, game shows, and such groundbreaking televised events as the X Games, Winter X Games, and The ESPY Awards. EOE's daily lifestyle and entertainment-themed series are also the cornerstone of ESPN2's new programming lineup, featuring the flagship shows ESPN Hollywood, Quite Frankly, and Cold Pizza. With more than100 new scripted and unscripted projects in development, EOE continues to plant itself firmly on the cutting edge of sports and entertainment television and event creation. Serving both the passionate sports fan and the more casual viewer, EOE strives to expand ESPN's already industry-leading offerings in live events and sports news & information programming.

Mark Burnett Productions

Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company in the world of
primetime non-fiction television. MBP revolutionized television with hits such as Eco-
Challenge, Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, and Rockstar:INXS. MBP
also successfully reintroduced product placement as an integral part of each of its shows
and has garnered a total of 24 Emmy nominations since 2001. Mark Burnett was listed
as the #1 Most Valuable Player by TV Guide and in Time Magazine's Top 100 most
influential people in the world today.


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Article posted on 16.09.2006

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