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Host
Oscar de la Hoya
Trainers
Lou Duva
Tommy Brooks
Guest Trainers
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Larry Holmes
Joe Fraizer
Marvis Fraizer
Ken Norton
Broadcast
The Next Great Champ 2004.jpg
FOX: 9/7/2004-9/28/2004
FOX Sports Net: 10/17/2004-11/14/2004
Packager
Endemol Entertainment

The Next Great Champ was a short-lived reality show where it followed a group of boxers as they competed with one another in an elimination-styled competition, while their lives and relationships with each other and their families are depicted.

Gameplay[]

The show sought to discover young, raw boxers and train them for a possible title fight opportunity, with the winner also getting a professional contract with de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and a large cash prize.

Trivia[]

The show was rushed into production to compete with Mark Burnett's The Contender, while TNGC debuted prior to Contender. However, the show quickly fizzled in the ratings after four episodes were shown on FOX, while the final six episodes were later shown on FOX Sports Net.

The winner of this series was Otis Griffin while David Pareja became the second runner-up. Prior to Griffin's winning from the show, Griffin was set to battle Alfonso Sanchez live on FOX Sports for the WBO "8-round" light heavyweight championship (a title that was created by the organization solely for the winner of this show, as most fight are 10 or 12 rounds in length) However, the bout was never materialized. But Griffin did win this title against James Sundin in a non-televised fight.

Link[]

Official Website Fox SportsNet era (via Internet Archive)