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.




'At fight time, you're on your own'


You can run but you cant hide. My opponent for Saturday Nov. 7 showed what he was all about when he was MIA at the press conference Thursday night.

It is quite entertaining how a month ago everyone was all excited and full of verbal banter at the initial press conference announcing the Nov. 7 fights here in St. Joseph, Mo.. This is exactly why I love the sport boxing is one on one. You can do all the talking you want outside the ring, and listen to all of your little followers, but when it comes to fight time, youre all on your own. Your coach, your buddies, and even your daddy cant help when you step through those ropes to do battle with me.

My upcoming fight may not show up on the radar of the big scene of light welterweights especially with the upcoming Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto fight the weekend after mine. But it is a very big fight locally. This fight will settle all the so-called talk in town of the best light welterweight. To be perfectly honest, I am the underdog on paper, as my opponent boasts a better overall record. But, come on: If you pay attention to any of my previous blogs, you will see that I have fought some of the top-notch guys in the country, even the world. Unfortunately for my opponent, we wont be settling this fight on paper. We will be doing it the old-fashion way and slugging it out, Queensbury style baby.

I feel in my heart and soul that I am the better fighter all around, and I will rally behind my experience and amazing fan support. I am extremely pleased with all my friends and family that stepped up and purchased tickets from me. I officially sold out of every single ticket that I had as of Wednesday night. Muhammad Ali used to shout I am going to shock the world. From my little world in the Midwest. I want to tell my opponent and the fans that will be in attendance I am going to shock St. Joseph, baby.

A boxer stands alone. When you get in that ring, your talent is on display. There's no where to hide. The truth is in plain sight. --A quote I borrowed from a good friend and boxer from Canada.



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