UPDATE (4:48pm ET): BoxingScene.com has learned that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has cancelled the originally scheduled main event due to Mark John Yap coming in more than two divisions above the weight limit.
Miguel Marriaga is ready to fight.
As for Mark John Yap, a decision needs to be made after his epic scale fail.
Thursday’s ESPN-televised main event is in jeopardy after Yap (30-15, 15KOs)— a 31-year old journeyman from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines—tipped the scales at a beefy 136.7 pounds, nearly nine pounds above the contracted 128-pound limit.
Marriaga (29-3, 25KOs) did his job like the consummate professional that he is, checking in at a fighting fit 127.1 pounds. It is now up to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Top Rank to discuss how to handle things, as Yap is too far above the limit to attempt to shed the weight.
At the very least, the Filipino boxer will be dealt a commission-sanctioned fine for his lack of discipline.
Should the bout proceed in some form, it will headline the Thursday edition of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN (8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT) live from MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
It will be the first fight of 2020 for Marriaga whose previous attempt to get in the ring was snubbed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It also meant a lost title opportunity.
The 33-year old featherweight from Arjona, Colombia was due to face then-unbeaten featherweight titlist Shakur Stevenson atop a March 14 ESPN show live from Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City. Stevenson has since moved up to junior lightweight while having abandoned his title reign.
Marriaga hopes to extend his current four-fight win streak while punching his way back into contention amidst a crowded 126-pound field. That, of course, is pending his fight going through whether in present form or at a newly negotiated limit which could include a same-day weigh-in on Thursday.
The evening’s co-feature pits Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo (26-1, 16KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout versus unbeaten Will Madera (15-0-3, 8KOs). Verdejo—a 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian and 2013 BoxingScene.com Prospect of the Year—weighed 135.9 pounds, while Albany’s Madera weighed 135.8 pounds on his second attempt after initially coming in just above the 136-pound contracted limit.
Two boxers who had Bubble series bouts canceled have made their way onto Thursday’s show.
Jared Anderson (4-0, 4KOs) weighed 241.8 pounds for his four-round showdown versus Hector Perez (7-2, 3KOs) who weighed 220.7 pounds. The two were due to square off one week ago, only for Perez—a 29-year old DominiRican from Tamarac, Florida—to be pulled after showing abnormal testosterone levels from a June 16 win in this very venue.
Anderson—an unbeaten prospect from Toledo, Ohio—appeared on the series’ inaugural installment on June 9, stopping Johnnie Langston in three rounds for his longest career bout to date after scoring three straight 1st round knockouts.
Miguel Marriaga, 127.3 vs. Mark John Yap, 136.7—10 rds, 128-pound contract limit
Felix Verdejo, 135.9 vs. Will Madera, 135.8—10 rds, 136-pound contract limit
Martinio Jules, 127 (2nd attempt) vs. Aleem Jumakhonov, 125.1—8 rds, 127-pound contract limit
Jared Anderson, 241.8 vs. Hector Perez, 220.7—4 rds, heavyweight
Kenny Davis Jr., 134.5 vs. Eduardo Sanchez, 134.6—4 rds, lightweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox