BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Tommy “The Razor” Rainone will get back in the ring Friday night when he takes on Allen Litzau in a slated six-round contest on the undercard of Thomas LaManna/Antoine Douglas WBA Fedelatin middleweight title at the Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York.
The 35-year-old New York welterweight is coming off a tough loss to undefeated welterweight and hot prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison in early January for the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title.
It was a frustrating night for Rainone, who dropped the 10-round affair in unanimous fashion, because he was unable to get inside at all against the taller and quicker Harrison.
“His (Harrison) reach and height going into the fight, I knew it would be a pain in the ass. I am not an inside fighter, I box guys in in and out, and use my reflexes and anticipation. I can fight in spurts inside and if there was one thing I would have changed is to work on my inside game, but that is not my character as a fighter,” Rainone said on Double Jab Radio.
Rainone turned pro 2006 and for the most part of his career has self-promoted and managed himself, while working a full-time job. His work ethic and reasoning behind handling himself is simple.
“It is a mindset, I turned pro in 2006 and was working a full-time job, and after my second or third fight, I realized I did not need a manager. I did not need to pay people to do what I could do for myself. I work 40 hours a week, I train full-time and my one day off is Sunday and I work overnights, so like I said, I get my run out of the way and then relax and then go to the gym before work,” he added.
Litzau (14-8, 7ko’s) has dropped five of six and six of eight overall. He has been knocked out six times in his career.