Versus Gets in the Ring for 'The Contender's' Fourth Season


Versus Tuesday announced it will debut the fourth season of The Contender, a reality boxing competition series, on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 10 p.m. ET with Tony Danza stepping into the ring as host.

The 11 one-hour episodes will be followed by a live two-hour finale on Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. ET, network officials said. All episodes of the Mark Burnett-produced series will be available on Versus HD.

"Versus, in partnership with Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television, will deliver the best season of The Contender fight fans have ever seen,” Marc Fein, the network’s executive vice president of programming, said in a statement. “Featuring 16 fighters with great stories and with Tony Danza as the new host, fans will be taken on a non-stop, hard-hitting ride to the live finale in February.”

Shot on location in Singapore, this installment features 16 cruiserweights from around the world who will face each other in the 12-episode competition. With former boxer and television star Tony Danza serving as host and mentor alongside veteran Tommy Brooks and John Bray as trainers, these fighters will go through the most intense training of their lives and battle in the most challenging fights of their careers. 

In the end, the two left standing will get into the ring on Feb. 25 to fight for the coveted title of Contender Champion. The location of the fight is yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date. 

The Contender is produced by Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television and was produced in Singapore in cooperation with Mark Burnett Productions Asia who provided production and logistical support. The series is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Eric Van Wagenen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Jeff Wald, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Page Feldman are co-executive producers.