Two title fights slated for Women's Day

Two title fights slated for Women's Day

Janet Todd, left, Allycia Hellen Rodrigues, second left, Cristina Morales, second right, and Phetjeeja OrMeekhun.
Janet Todd, left, Allycia Hellen Rodrigues, second left, Cristina Morales, second right, and Phetjeeja OrMeekhun.

ONE Championship will celebrate International Women's Day on March 9 with two massive women's world title battles atop its ONE Fight Night 20 card.

American kickboxing legend Janet Todd returns to defend her ONE women's atomweight kickboxing world title against interim divisional queen Phetjeeja OrMeekhun in the main event at Bangkok's historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

In the co-main event, women's atomweight Muay Thai divisional ruler Allycia Hellen Rodrigues will defend her throne against surging Spanish striker Cristina Morales.

Todd returns to kickboxing after relinquishing her ONE interim women's atomweight Muay Thai world title to Rodrigues last March.

The defeat snapped her gold-laden seven-fight win streak, during which she took out the ONE women's atomweight kickboxing world title in 2020 and the interim women's atomweight Muay Thai belt in 2022.

The 38-year-old has yet to taste defeat under kickboxing rules in ONE, but she'll have to overcome a young superstar to keep that run alive.

Phetjeeja has been nothing short of awesome in her promotional tenure so far.

The 22-year-old phenom reeled off two crushing knockouts on the promotion's Friday Fights platform to earn a 3.5-million-baht berth on the main roster last year, and her dominance has continued on the big stage.

"The Queen" needed just 26 seconds to dispatch former world title challenger Lara Fernandez in her main-roster debut before taking out ultra-durable Australian Celest Hansen in her sophomore effort.

Most recently, Phetjeeja shocked the world with a unanimous decision win over French-Algerian kickboxing icon Anissa Meksen to claim the interim women's atomweight kickboxing title.

In the co-headliner, Rodrigues defends her ONE women's atomweight Muay Thai world title for the second time, after an unsuccessful short-notice crack at the strawweight Muay Thai belt held by teenage phenom Smilla Sundell last September.

But in Morales, the Brazilian star faces a fighter with momentum on her side.

Morales stunned Thai star Anna "Supergirl" Jaroonsak in the first round of their ONE Fight Night 16 scrap in November, and she'll be looking for an early night and a maiden ONE world title on March 9.

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