Two of Janet Todd’s former opponents believe she’s the front-runner to claim the ONE Interim Atomweight Muay Thai World Title on Friday, July 22.
Meanwhile, Thai superstar Stamp Fairtex will be watching closely when the action goes down at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Stamp is already a member of the rare double-champ club in ONE and previously split a pair of World Title bouts with Todd. She was impressed with “JT’s” development in their second meeting, and she is full of praise for the American striker.
The Fairtex representative said:
“The first time I fought with her she still couldn’t read the game. Her style was obviously pressing forward, sharp and accurate. But in the second fight, I found that her game had much improved. She was [smart] and had a good fight intelligence. She always thinks before throwing every single shot.
“Janet is also strong. She has built her muscles so well. She has brains and wit. She knows all the principles and what to do.”
Todd and Stamp have shared 10 rounds together – with one decision win each – so the Thai athlete is well-aware of “JT’s” abilities.
She’s less familiar with Fernandez, and while she won’t write off the Spaniard completely, she’s favoring the atomweight kickboxing queen to emerge victorious on July 22.
“Personally, I don’t know [Fernandez]. But I’ve talked to Smilla [Sundell, a Fairtex teammate and reigning ONE World Champion]. She knows this girl. I’ve learned that Lara is still not the same level as Janet.
“However, anything can happen in the Circle. Although Janet has the upper hand, she may lose. Anything can happen.”
Alma Juniku High On Janet Todd, But Won’t Sleep On Lara Fernandez
Australia’s Alma Juniku went five rounds with Janet Todd back in March 2021, coming up short in an exciting Muay Thai battle.
She felt the heat in “JT’s” fists and thinks that firepower could be her biggest asset against Lara Fernandez.
“I think Janet is an amazing fighter. She’s very strong with her hands. She can push the pace, she’s a very technical fighter, and she’s very smart.
“I felt her power. I know she’s very strong, but I like her hands. I think her hands have improved a lot. And she’s just all-around strong.”
Currently waiting on surgery for a knee injury, Juniku is being forced to watch her division from the sidelines.
However, she’s taken note of Fernandez – and she’s impressed by the reigning WBC Muay Thai World Champion.
While she agrees with Stamp Fairtex that Todd is more likely to claim the ONE Interim Atomweight Muay Thai World Title, she expects an intense contest and predicts the Spaniard will push “JT” hard.
The Australian added:
“I’ve watched some highlights from Lara and she’s fast-paced. She pushes the pace and she looks very fit and strong. I reckon that she will be one of the up-and-comers that you will want to look out for.
“Lara’s got something to prove so I’m sure she’ll do well [but] I’ll still go with Janet because she’s got more experience. But then again, you never know what happens at the end of the day. Lara may have a chance with how she pushes forward and, if she keeps her guard up, she’ll do very well.”