The ONE Atomweight Muay Thai champion Allycia Rodrigues will make her maiden title defense against the interim Atomweight Muay Thai champion Janet Todd at ONE Fight Night 8 on March 25, according to a statement given by ONE chairman Chatri Sityodtong to South China Morning Post.
The pair was initially expected to unify their titles on December 3 of the past year. Todd was forced to withdraw from the bout during fight week however, as she tested positive for COVID-19. Most recently, Todd captured the interim championship with a dominant five-round performance against Lara Fernandez in July, while Rodrigues has been inactive for nearly three years, with her last bout being a title-winning performance against the popular Stamp Fairtex in August 2020.
Todd looks to have a busy few months ahead of her. No matter how her fight with Rodrigues turns out, she will have to defend her ONE Atomweight Kickboxing belt against the winner of the Anissa Meksen and Stamp Fairtex interim title fight, which is expected to take place in February. As for Rodrigues, she will look to prove she is still one of the best female Muay Thai fighters in the world, no matter how long her layoff has been. Rodrigues would certainly not be lacking for challengers, should she retain her crown, as ONE's recently announced Lumpinee series should provide a wealth of contenders aiming for the throne.