Mora Wins Bloody Split Decision over Manfredo in War, Brinkley Awarded Gift Over Bonsante
By Jason Probst, (October 16, 2005)  
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Off the heels of their spirited showdown in May to decide the $1 million prize awarded to "The Contender," Sergio Mora and Peter Manfredo put together another good scrap Saturday night in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Manfredo, now trained by Freddie Roach, promised to get his revenge on Mora in front of the L.A. fighter's home crowd.

On the undercard, Jessie Brinkley and Anthony Bonsante rematched from the first encounter on season one of the reality show. Bonsante, who was stopped in that fight, outworked Brinkley handily, it seemed, through five rounds. But the judges didn't see it that way, giving Brinkley a unanimous decision with scores of 48-47 (twice) and 49-46, eliciting boos from the crowd and disgust from the ESPN announcing crew (hey, there's a little honesty left in boxing, just not in the right places).

In a give-and-take pattern that mimicked their first fight, Mora and Manfredo took turns seizing the momentum only to have the other man battle back; although the exchanges weren't as furious as their first bout, the bout did unfold at a relatively fast pace.
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