Means of a row on a rematch clause ahead of the WBO super-lightweight struggle interrupted katie Taylor’s press conference together with Christina Linardatou.
The Irish superstar is stepping up a division to challenge WBO winner Linardatou at Manchester Arena on November 2, live on Sky Sports, however the Greek fighter team were quick to voice their anger about not being offered an immediate return bout when the titleholder endures defeat.
Linardatou’s manager Brian Cohen indicated that Taylor’s arrangement included a rematch and wanted to know why his boxer failed to obtain exactly the same terms.
“When you watch your fighter get off an aeroplane in tears, and then I am aware that it’s really light-hearted in this, I am likely to bring down the energy,” said Cohen.
“She is not happy, she is a champion, and like you said, we had been still negotiating for quite a while and she just feels like the winner that she needs to have a rematch clause in the contract”
Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn quickly responded:”You are that concerned about losing already?”
Cohen continued:”You have a rematch clause if she defeats her, but not when [Taylor] defeats [Linardatou], right? Are you worried? No, so why do you never set the rematch in?”
Hearn replied:”We’re not worried, we have got one.”
Linardatou appeared to express her frustration but insisted she wasn’t concerned about conquer.
“We have been expecting this match for a long time, but under various circumstances or conditions,” said Linardatou. “However, at any rate, I will go ahead with this match.”
“I really don’t have any issue, I am not scared of dropping my belt. I’m just getting in the ring and give all my best, and this is what I am likely to do always, so I’m here.”
Taylor stayed respectful towards her competition, after becoming undisputed lightweight champion in June instead focusing.
“This really is a massive chance for me to turn into a two-weight world champion as a foundation maker for me and my nation,” explained Taylor. “I’m very, very conscious of the challenge that Christina brings.
“I really do believe that she’s the finest 140lbs in the branch and I can’t await a very, very exciting battle.”
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