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Condrington crushes Johnsen's "Contender" hopes

Jaidon Codrington put his heavy hands to good use by knocking out Wayne Johnsen in the first round in their semifinal match.

Originally Published: October 23, 2007
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

No contestant on this season of "The Contender" had a better handle on what it feels like to be demolished quickly, ruthlessly and embarrassingly, as Jaidon Codrington did.

Rewind to Nov. 3, 2005.

Codrington, a Queens, N.Y., resident with some fast hands, a growing rep buoyed by a promotional push compliments of multimedia entrepreneur Damon Dash and Lou DiBella, and an undefeated record at 9-0, was a media darling.

Fightwriters were churning out copy on The Don, one half ...

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