By Scott Shaffer
Otis Griffin defeated David Pareja to become the winner of the Fox network reality show The Next Great Champ. Griffin won a six-round unanimous decision over Pareja in the series' final episode. The series debuted on the Fox network to much fanfare, but after four weeks of poor ratings, it was relegated to Fox Sports, a cable network. Griffin actually was eliminated in the fourth episode by Jimmy Mince, but he was brought back when another boxer abruptly left the show. In week eight, Mince was forced to give Griffin a rematch on just two days' rest, and Griffin avenged the loss. For his efforts, Griffin wins $500,000 - a purse greater than what many world champions earn for defending their titles. Speaking of title shots, the entire premise of the show was that the winner would qualify for a "title shot" although details were kept sketchy. As the final credits rolled, viewers were informed that Griffin, a light heavyweight, will compete for a "WBO eight round title" on December 3 on Fox Sports (so much for "reality" TV). Legitimate title bouts in the sport of boxing are scheduled for twelve rounds.