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Mark John Yap blows weight by nearly 9 pounds; Verdejo-Madera elevated to headliner

Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The bout between featherweight Miguel Marriaga and Mark John Yap for Thursday night has been cancelled, Top Rank announced Wednesday.

The fight was scheduled to headline a ‘Top Rank on ESPN’ telecast (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT), but Yap weighed in at 136.7, almost nine pounds above the contracted weight of 128 pounds.

Marriaga, who was scheduled to face then-WBO featherweight titleholder Shakur Stevenson on March 14 in New York City before the fight was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reportedly wanted to still fight Yap, but the Nevada Athletic Commission nixed the fight.

The co-feature bout between lightweight Felix Verdejo and Will Madera has been elevated to main event status.

Verdejo (26-1, 16 knockouts), who resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico, weighed in at 135.8 pounds. Madera (15-0-3, 8 KOs) of Albany, New weighed in at 135.7 pounds.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing