EPIX, an MGM company, have announced that undefeated boxing champion Andre “Son God” Ward will host the new version “The Contender.” Legendary boxing trainers Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson will also join as trainers in the iconic reality series that has launched multiple boxers into contention for world titles.
Coaches Roach and Richardson will each oversee a team eight fighters, pushing their fighting skills, strength and endurance to the limit in preparation for elimination competitions. The coaches will also act as the fighters’ mentor, helping them to navigate their everyday life as the competitors live and train together and fight each other in the ring. Each fighter will be vying to become the ultimate Contender and take the winner’s six-figure purse.
The all-new 12-episode season the boxing competition series, produced by Mark Burnett and his longtime executive producer Eric Van Wagenen, is set to begin filming this Spring in Los Angeles.