Travis Hartman

of The Boxing Amusement Park



Travis Hartman was a spectacular amateur boxer -- 156-13, with three national championships -- who has struggled as a pro. The 26-year-old, who hails from the small town of Osborn, Missouri, is still an active fighter who maintains a passion for the sport that has consumed him since his childhood.  Hartman's training journal reflects his physical, psychological and emotional struggle as he continues his an ongoing quest to become the best.





This fight's not over -- and it's no longer about me


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

            It never gets old for me to thank everyone that visits and reads my blog. Thank you all for the continued support. I also want every person who sent me messages and posted comments and support on my Facebook page to know I drew inspiration from all of it. I truly was down in the dumps about my misadventures with the executive director of the Pennsylvania State Boxing Commission, who needlessly prevented me from fighting two weeks later at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, and the support has helped me rise above this all.  (Scan down this page and read the blog that follows this one for the entire story).

            I was just browsing over the “About Me” part of my personal profile on Facebook and saw a statement I made -- a statement that I try to live by: Love life and everything life has to give -- the good and the bad. Everything happens for a reason, but don't be fooled: You still have to go get it. Nothing will just come to you.

            I never forget how lucky and blessed I am for getting to live the life of a professional boxer and fulfilling a lifelong dream. I may not be rich and famous and live in some mansion in Hollywood Hills. In fact, I live in Osborn Missouri (pop. 400), away from all the hoopla of the city. I bought a car that was environmentally friendly instead of buying another gas guzzling SUV. I think we should all recycle more and realize that nobody is perfect. I could go on for days here.

The point I am trying to make is this: Yes, I was dealt a very shitty hand in the past week, but am I going to let that derail my quest to be the best possible professional boxer I know I can be? Absolutely not. Does that mean I am going to give up on what I feel is right, and the fact that something needs to be done to Greg Sirb? Hell, no.

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. I believe in my heart that I was denied a dream opportunity that I had earned because of a decision by an egotistical and incompetent person.

I know people make mistakes -- I make them everyday -- but when I gave Mr. Sirb the opportunity to realize his decision was not correct decision, he still felt the need to enforce it to the max.

My goal is to ensure that no other professional boxer has to go through what I went through. Mr. Sirb has never stepped into the ring as a professional boxer and could never imagine what boxers go through. But I can tell you I am here for the boxers.

My only agenda is to see that professional boxing is cleared of all the Greg Sirbs around the world and that every fighter be treated equally and with professionalism.

If you have a story such as mine, please share it with us at contact@ringsideboxingshow.com. We'll post it in a new room, "The Hall of Horrors," the purpose of which is to provide a place for boxing people to tell their stories of the corruption, arrogance and lack of fairness that is all to common in our sport.




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