“When you see your fighter get off an aeroplane in tears, and I know it’s really light-hearted in here, I’m sorry to bring the energy down,” said Cohen.
“She’s not happy, she’s a champion, and like you said, we were negotiating for quite some time and she just feels as the champion that she should have a rematch clause in the contract.”
Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn quickly responded: “You’re that worried about losing already?”
Cohen continued: “You have a rematch clause if she beats her, but not if [Taylor] beats [Linardatou], right? Are you worried? No, so why do you not put the rematch in?”
Hearn replied: “We’re not worried, we’ve got one.”
“We’ve been expecting this match for a long time, but under different conditions or circumstances,” said Linardatou. “But at any rate, I’ll go ahead with this match.”
“I don’t have any problem, I’m not afraid of losing my belt. I’m just getting in the ring and give all my best, and this is what I’m going to do always, so I’m here.”
Taylor remained respectful towards her opponent, instead focusing on another significant night in her career after becoming undisputed lightweight champion in June.