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The Contender 2 - Episode 9 Summary

'Rehashing the Rivalry!' By ARnutz
Original Airdate: September 5, 2006

In this episode, we begin by reliving Walter and K9’s previous wins of the tournament and their ongoing rivalry during the course of the season. They are shown bickering back and forth.

Up in the loft, the guys are talking about Steve’s recent win. He returns to cheers. The guys discuss who is left in the tournament. K9 talks about Walter. He tells us that guy is one punch from a KO!

Off to the bracket wall, where Steve places his name plate in fight #13, the first fight of the semifinal round. Steve calls this the Fabulous Four! Sugar Ray tells him he will be fighting K9 or Walter next, depending on who wins the next fight. I guess they can’t choose their match this time. The organizers must’ve wised up after the previous two winners had back to back fights. Steve is in a good position because he’s into the semifinals and can rest up while the others now have to battle it out to see who moves on. Steve gets a few special prizes from Sugar Ray. He is given a gold medallion, which may have been a keychain or could’ve been some kind of medal, I couldn’t really tell. He also gets a portable DVD player and some DVDs of his previously won fights from the tournament. Sugar Ray tells us this is a valuable tool for a boxer because they can see what they did right and make improvements where it may be necessary.

Up next we see the guys head back to their training and they talk about the next round. K9 and Walter are getting ready for their battle. K9 is sparring and dishes out a lot of trash talk to Walter, who is watching him. Walter talks trash back to him, of course, and we can see this rivalry is coming to a head! K9 tells us he wants to get Walter off his game and get inside his head.

Tommy is seen talking to Walter about his upcoming fight and gives him some advice. Walter tells us a little more about himself. He never knew much of his father and his mother is getting married, so she doesn’t have time for him. He never got along with his stepfather, so he relied on his uncle, who will be coming to watch him fight along with his Walter’s girlfriend.

Steve and Grady are in the loft discussing the upcoming fight between Walter and K9 and they give us their opinions on the boxers. Both of them agree, they’d give the edge to Walter for this win. Steve points out that K9 has had it rough, but he respects the man for what he has become.

K9 goes off with his fiancé and his son to a park to have a picnic and spend some time together before the fight. He talks to us about wanting to move on in this tournament and becoming the champ. He tells us he grew up without his dad and how that makes him want to always be there for his son. He says he could never do that to him.

Later on, we see the two preparing for the fight in their locker rooms. K9’s going to focus and talks with Jeremy, who tells us that Walter is a boxer, but K9 is a dogfight! Walter tells us he is a chess player and he has another talk with Tommy, who says that we have here a boxer versus a brawler. K9’s fiancé and son visit the locker room and Walter’s uncle and girlfriend also visit.

On to the fight! In round 1, K9 gets in several shots and then locks up Walter’s arm. The ref stops him when he’s holding Walter’s head. The ref has to remind them that when he says stop, they must break apart and stop fighting. We continue and it goes on several more times until the bell rings. I don’t clearly know who won that round, but it looked like K9 landed more punches, so I guess it was him. In round 2, Walter gets in quite a few shots, but then K9 pulls him in and locks up his arm. The ref has to warn them again. They continue, the bell rings and this looks to be Walter’s round. In round 3, Both of them are swinging an awful lot at each other. Walter gets a few really good shots in. They continue to lock each other up and the ref actually has to call a timeout to warn them again. This round was most likely Walter’s. In round 4, Walter is dominating, but then K9 comes back and gets the advantage. I think this round is K9’s, but I can’t say for sure from the editing. Even Sugar Ray can’t tell and he questions the people around him in the stands to see if they’d score the rounds at 2 to 2. In round 5, the boxers must be tiring because there are a lot less punches being thrown and landed, but K9 lands more plus gets in a few body shots. I’d give this one to K9. So I have the match scored at 48 – 47 for K9. According to the judges, who hand down another unanimous decision, K9 wins. Again they do not reveal the score.

K9 is happy with his win. He’s in the final four. He tells us Walter fought a good fight. Walter tells us he wanted to box, but showed he could fight. He can’t believe he lost and he really wanted respect from K9. He says he will learn from the loss. He hangs his gloves and leaves the gym.

Next week: The guys get to visit Sugar Ray’s house and we’ll see another double header! It will be Stewart vs. Brewer and Bravo vs. Balletto!

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