Kali Reis was facing a crisis of confidence – the sort of thing that haunted the champion boxer growing up in gritty East Providence, Rhode Island. It was never an urgent matter, but on that California night in 2018, Reis was getting brutalized by undefeated welterweight champ Cecilia Braekhus on the sport’s biggest stage: the first women’s bout in HBO history.
With her face swelling at the end of the sixth round, Reis returned to her corner, where she was confronted by her manager and future husband, Brian Cohen.
‘He got into the ring and was like ”Yo, Kay, you got to wake the f*** up – you’re supposed to be here,’ Reis told DailyMail.com.
Cohen wasn’t her cornerman and shouldn’t have even been in the ring, but he pinpointed Reis’s problem, nonetheless: For all her talent and…