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Showtime's prospect-oriented series ShoBox made a good faith attempt to pair young men on the way up this weekend from Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA, a veritable hotbed of very solid fighters that seem to sprout up from nowhere in the middle of the blazing desert.
The effort was appreciated, but the results weren't much to shake a stick at, thus proving that sometimes competitive bouts on paper just don't add up to much in terms of entertainment in reality.
In the main event, bantamweight Manuel Roman dominated Randy Caballero en route to a high energy, low yield decision win that seemed to define excelling at mediocrity, while Michael Perez and Fidel Maldonado, Jr. briefly bottled some gripping action, leading to a split decision for the former, who hit the deck late.
As is often the case when fighters are unwilling to unhinge the leather, only a handful of 20 rounds were legitimately gripping, but it was a step away from showcasing names who had far outgrown the ShoBox format. And that's a good thing.
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