Wednesday, March 16, 2005

‘Contender’ Auditions Went from Good To Really Bad

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – While the fighters who made the final cut of The Contender look pretty polished, the auditions turned out to be like American Idol: some contestants were good and some were really, really bad.

According to Frank Stallone, Sylvester’s brother and lead auditioner for the NBC reality series, most of the aspiring boxers didn’t know how to fight.

Stallone – an ex-fighter himself – says he helped audition more than 2000 fighters from New York to California and the majority of them couldn’t even last one three-minute round.

They even had a couple oddballs show up including the man in New York who covered himself head to toe in pink – including headgear and mouthpiece – and ran around the ring without throwing a punch.

There was also the shopping cart-pushing homeless man who auditioned and “tough-looking guys who were anything but tough in the ring.”

Still, Stallone says the auditioning process was an enjoyable experience and hopes the show “sparks interest in the sport again.”

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