'Contender' semis set

Updated: October 10, 2007, 10:57 AM ET
By Dan Rafael
Another Tuesday night at 10 ET, another helping of "The Contender" on ESPN. One small problem: a 15-minute cable outage mid-episode meant I had to wait until the 12:30 a.m. replay on ESPN2 to catch what I missed. Thank goodness for replays. Here's a look at Episode 6:

In last week's episode, we already knew that Paul Smith and David Banks, whose dislike for each other was a story line during the season, would meet in the final fight of the first round. What was interesting was that the bout took place in the first half of the episode instead of at the end, as usual. So right out of the gate, the episode was into boxing action. Smith made no bones about his intentions heading into the match with a classic line: "I want to break his face up. I want to smash his ribs in. I'm going to knock him out." Come on, Paul, tell us how you really feel.