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    World champ Todd unfazed by Meksen’s verbal jabs


    One atomweight kickboxing world champion Janet Todd of the US.

    One atomweight kickboxing world champion Janet Todd of the US.

    Reigning One atomweight kickboxing world champion Janet “JT” Todd is not afraid to fight anyone, but she says that all challengers must wait for their turn.

    However, prominent European competitor Anissa “C18” Meksen, who recently slid into the division’s No.4 spot, is getting impatient. She took to Instagram to call Todd out.

    “I’m ready to fight! Kickboxing or Muay Thai doesn’t matter! If Janet Todd [is] still scared and still not available, I’m ready to face anybody!” she said.

    Meksen made her One Championship debut in September, knocking out Cristina Morales halfway through the second round.

    Over her storied career, the French kickboxer earned accolades for “KO of the Year” and “Inspirational Fighter of the Year” in addition to her world titles, making her a serious threat to Todd’s belt.

    JT, on the other hand, is unfazed by Meksen’s verbal jabs. She instead is focusing on competing in the circle.

    “When you’re a world champion, there’s going to be a target on your back. There’s going to be people calling you out, that’s just part of the game. So you either let that affect you emotionally, or you just kind of distance yourself from it and focus on what you do best. So, like I said, I think it takes away from the love of my sport. I’d rather just focus my energy on what I love to do,” she said.

    This, however, does not imply that she is opposed to competing against C18.

    Rather, the American would love the opportunity if it presents itself.

    “When I call myself a world champion, I want to be able to challenge myself against the top in the world. I think she’s another good addition to our weight class. I’ll let the One Championship matchmakers figure [out if it’s the next fight to make]. I’m just here to fight. If there’s a contract, I’ll sign it and I’ll fight.”

    When the time comes, Meksen will be ready, because she is living for opportunities.

    “My life is dedicated to [fighting],” she said.

    “Just let me do what I was born for.”

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