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.





Better to try and fail than never try at all'


What is it about men that make us so stubborn? Why do we keep reaching for the stars even after one failure after another?

  I would rather fail trying to do something great then to have never even tried. After my recent loss here in my home area, it really has forced me to re-evaluate my priorities. I only say this because I feel like I have become a jack of all trades, but a master of none. I donít want that, nor do I like how I feel right now, after losing my last match.

I am working to finish up school with my journalism degree, while working for a newspaper covering sports. I am training all the amateurs and some professional boxers, and running TEAM HARTMAN gym with my younger brother, who I also train. I blog and write boxing stories for ringsideboxingshow.com. Meanwhile I am suppose to be training and managing my professional boxing career at the same time. Throw in a social life, and some online poker on the side, and I have an unreasonable schedule.

Ok, donít get me wrong, I love every second of it all. I get to do what I love and experience so much in my life because of it all. I love to write and cover sports. I love to pass on my knowledge of boxing to my young and eager boxers. More than anything, I love to get in that ring and let my fists fly. The one drawback is I just lost to a kid that I know I should have beaten, hands down. I was not prepared, plain and simple. I am so damn stubborn that I never know what is enough, and my pride is very damaged and hurt right now because of it all.

I think part of growing up is taking responsibility for your actionsm and making tough, grown-up decisions. I guess it is true that you canít have your cake and eat it too. I have been stubborn since I can remember and I am sure I will be stubborn to the end. I need to do some serious thinking and figure out how I am going to start backing up all my talk.

ďDon't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do,Ē said the great John Wooden.



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