On Friday, July 22, Janet Todd will have the opportunity to make history in the co-main event of ONE 159.
Stepping into the circle as the reigning ONE World Atomic Weight Kickboxing Champion, “JT” can claim her second world title to become the second woman to wear the ONE belts simultaneously in two separate sports. The first was former opponent and fan favorite Stamp Fairtex.
ONE Championship shared a short clip of Todd’s incredible punching power in an Instagram post which you can see below:
“TIMBER 🗣 Janet Todd is looking to become a two-sport ONE World Champion THIS FRIDAY as she takes on Lara Fernandez for the ONE World Interim Atomweight Muay Thai Championship 🏆 @jmcoakle”
First, Todd has to get past ONE debutant Lara ‘Pizza Power’ Fernandez. The Spanish fighter will make her promotional debut in the interim World Atomic Weight Muay Thai Championship bout against titular superstar ONE on Friday.
No stranger to world titles and the world stage, Fernandez is the defending WBC Muay Thai flyweight champion and defending ISKA super featherweight champion. “Pizza Power” has already achieved a lot, but at ONE 159, she will be in the spotlight on the world’s biggest stage in combat sports.
Janet Todd vs. Lara Fernandez could come down to in-the-circle experience
Janet Todd has had an amazing run under the ONE banner so far. She has a combined 6-1 record with her only loss to the promotion’s first two-sport world champion at Stamp Fairtex. ‘JT’ avenged that loss a year later, defeating Stamp to become the atomic weight kickboxing world champion.
Known for her kickboxing skills, ‘JT’ could face an uphill battle against a decorated Muay Thai fighter in Fernandez. That said, Todd has had his fair share of success in Muay Thai and comparatively their styles are very similar.
Both have precision striking and aim to control the pace of the contest. Simply put, the winner of this fight will be whoever adopts their strategy better than the other.
With so many similarities, the fight could come down to the finer details. ‘JT’ has had a plethora of experience fighting under the ONE banner, while Fernandez will be entering the Circle for the very first time. Yes, she’s been in some big matchups, but there’s nothing quite like stepping into the circle for the very first time with millions of viewers watching live.
That little bit of pressure could be all the leverage ‘JT’ needs to pull Fernandez out of his game plan and control the contest on his way to the history books.