Five fighters walked onto this week's Friday Night Fights broadcast undefeated -- a lineup more like the ideal ShoBox card than any of the cards we've gotten from ESPN of late. Actually, it seemed more like an ideal ShoBox card than we've gotten from a ShoBox program itself so far this season.
Even better, it was fun.
We don't necessarily need title fights, big names, comebacking former stars or any other fistic gimmick if the match ups are fair and the action is sweet.
Following a highlight reel-caliber knockout and a solid swing bout, a number of fans delightfully cringed with a sense of strange karma in pocket as Denis Grachev bounced back from likely being shutout, to catch Ismayl Sillakh and pummel him into submission in eight rounds.
To be fair to the aforementioned ShoBox, their triple-header following Friday Night Fights was a very good one. But the point is our expectations have been lowered and our guard raised when it comes to early weekend cards this year.
So thank you, ESPN. Boxing - you're doing it right.