BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Tommy “The Razor” Rainone is the definition of a blue-collar boxer, who not only gets it when it comes to success inside the ring, but more importantly understand the reality of the fight game.
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.
Rainone is slated to fight again March 13th in Long Island, New York. No opponent has been name yet.
For full interview with Rainone and to hear his thoughts on Harrison, his own career, and what the future holds for him, tune into Double Jab Radio.