Marriaga vs. Yap:
Top Rank Boxing returns to ESPN and ESPN Deportes Thursday night live from The Bubble at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
This is the last week with multiple Top Rank shows in Las Vegas due to the impending start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season next week.
Highlighting Thursday’s show at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes is a Featherweight main event between Miguel Marriaga (29-3, 25 knockouts) and Mark John Yap (30-15, 15 knockouts.)
This fight is a maximum of 10 rounds at three minutes per round.
COVID-19 safety protocol:
As has become customary by now, this Top Rank Boxing card will take place without fans in the venue in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), along with ESPN boxing announcer Joe Tessitore calling the fights in-studio from ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters.
Analysts Mark Kriegel, Timothy Bradley and Andre Ward will contribute to the telecasts from home, with Bernardo Osuna being the only ESPN staffer working the event on-site in Nevada.
In addition, the ring will be thoroughly sanitized in-between fights and all gloves worn by all fighters are treated as hazmat materials and will be discarded after each fight.
Heading into Thursday’s main event, Miguel Marriaga is the taller fighter at 5-foot-8, compared to Mark John Yap’s 5-foot-6 frame.
How they got here:
Miguel Marriaga has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five boxing matches and enters this fight on a four-match winning streak.
Most recently, he scored a sixth-round knockout of Alfredo Mejia Vargas last December in Puebla, Mexico.
In the other corner, Mark John Yap has gone 2-3 in his last five matches and enters this main event on a two-fight losing streak.
Last time out, he lost by unanimous decision to Angel Alejandro back in November on the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II card.
The Tale of the Tape:
Boxrec shows that Mark John Yap owns a three-inch reach advantage (70 inches to 67 inches) over Miguel Marriaga heading into Thursday night’s main attraction.
Prediction: Miguel Marriaga by unanimous decision.
Other confirmed fights on Thursday night’s main card include:
Co-Main Event: Felix Verdejo (26-1, 16 knockouts) vs. Will Madera (15-0-3, eight knockouts) [Lightweight- 10 rounds at three minutes per round]
Alexis del Bosque (17-5, nine knockouts) vs. John Vincent Moralde (23-3, 13 knockouts) [Lightweight- eight rounds at three minutes per round]
Hector Perez (4-0, four knockouts) vs. Jared Anderson (7-2, three knockouts) [Heavyweight- four rounds at three minutes per round]