Tragic Boxer Gets His Day
March 16, 2005 -- THIS Sunday's edition of "The Contender" will focus on Najai "Nitro" Turpin, the boxer who killed himself last month before the series' debut.
On the episode, Turpin mixes it up in the ring with a rival — producers don't want to say who yet, so as not to ruin the outcome for viewers.
At the end of the show, co-host Sugar Ray Leonard appears in a tribute to the 23-year-old fighter from Philadelphia.
The show will also mention how producers have set up a trust fund for Turpin's 2-year-old daughter, Anyae, that viewers can contribute to through a Web site (www.contender.tv.yahoo.com
Police said Turpin killed himself outside his girlfriend's house in Philadelphia on Valentine's Day.
— Don Kaplan