One of the aspects that the World Boxing Association (WBA) has focused on for many years is to expand opportunities for fighters from around the world and support young people to reach the top.
In that sense, the organization is happy to announce the alliance with the Premium cable chain, EPIX, belonging to MGM, to be an important part of the Reality Show “The Contender”, one of the most successful boxing programs on American television.
This Friday will be the final of the tournament at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, and the winner of this competition will be included in the ranking lists of the WBA, which will give the opportunity to fight for a world championship. “The Contender” has been characterized by harvesting quality fighters and for that reason the pioneer organization did not hesitate to support this program.
Since this tournament was established, several of its participants have had successful careers after competing in the program. Sergio Mora, Cornelius Bundrage, Ishe Smith, Sakio Bika, and Sam Soliman are some of the boxers who have been world champions after making themselves known in “The Contender”.
“We are delighted to work with EPIX and The Contender, with a great tournament with great talent, to create a path to success for the champion of the program by automatically guaranteeing their ranking among the top 10 and ensuring strong competition for boxers,” said Gilberto Mendoza, president of the WBA.
Those involved in the program and on the EPIX television channel also talked about the importance of working hand in hand with the most important organization in the world. Michael Wright, President of EPIX said that “We could not be more excited to work with the WBA to give a more well deserved recognition to these incredible athletes”.
In the meantime, Eric Van Wagenen, Executive Producer of The Contender, also commented on the partnership: “Throughout the long-running success of the program, The Contender has produced several boxing champions and we thank the WBA for recognizing the quality of these fighters and for providing more opportunities that will improve their professional boxing careers.”
The WBA hopes that this union will be successful for all involved but, above all, that the fighters will achieve their dreams and achieve the black and gold title belt.