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Glovers' Spat

The lowdown on the match between rival boxing shows - The producers of ''The Contender'' and ''The Next Great Champ'' duke it out to see which will hit TV screens first

Two months after NBC scored the rights to The Contender, a Survivor-meets-Rocky boxing show from exec producers Mark Burnett and Sylvester Stallone, bitter Burnett bidder Fox is trying to beat NBC's '05-slated series to the punch. The Next Great Champ, a similar prizefighting project with Oscar de la Hoya, is stepping into the ring for Fox this fall. ''Frankly, I don't know what The Contender is, and I don't care to know,'' says David Goldberg of Endemol USA, which is producing Champ. (NBC ducked calls for comment.) Go to your corners and come out fighting!

Originally posted Apr 30, 2004 Published in issue #762-763 Apr 30, 2004 Order article reprints

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