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Better late than never for Brinkley

Originally Published: October 13, 2010
By Graham Houston | Special to ESPN.com

Five and a half years after competing in Season 1 of "The Contender" reality TV series, Jesse Brinkley will find himself fighting for a world championship when he meets 168-pound champ Lucian Bute in Montreal on Friday (on ESPN3.com for U.S. residents).

Sergio Mora, who defeated Brinkley on "The Contender," has been a champion at 154 pounds and boxed to a draw with Shane Mosley on pay-per-view last month. Alfonso Gomez, who outpointed Brinkley on "The Contender," had his ...

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