Travis Hartman

of The Boxing Amusement Park

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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.





SInjury, layoff
inspire an appreciation
of my gifts


The Boxing Amusement Park


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I just finished up my fourth workout in seven months. Damn it felt so good working out again. It really is a feeling that I have been missing for sometime now -- since February 19, 2010, to be exact.

Something that really made me think about my situation was the recent death of Denver Bronco wide receiver Kenny McKinley. He was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 23 from an apparent suicide. He, like myself, had just been injured and didn’t know what his future in the NFL was going to be. Not that suicide is ever the solution to any problem, but I think some underestimate the love and dedication an athlete has with his sport. No matter how physically big and tough an athlete may be, an injury will truly test your mental toughness.  I never made it to that point, but I was extremely depressed and had the worst feeling in the pit of my stomach -- a feeling that wouldn't go away. I wasn’t allowed to even jog or do the simplest workouts, until now.

  My goals have changed a bit now, forcing me to scale everything back a few notches. For exampleat one point in my life I was able to do 114 push ups in one minute, but today I had serious trouble doing two sets of 25, with rest in between. Talk about scaling back ... whew! But, do you know what? I am feeling blessed to start my journey back to becoming the best athlete I can be. I don’t ever want to take for granted this gift God gave me.

During my professional boxing career, I've treated my body or my sport like it was a gift. I treated it as if it was my right of passage -- as if all the hard work I did in the amateurs was suppose to catapult me into stardom and win fights for me as a pro. Talk about a rude awakening. I have lost more fights than I have won since turning pro in March of 2004.

I sit here with my neck aching like a 90-year-old man that just attempted Zumba for the very first time. My point is, it hurts and my body is sore, but my love for this sport is ever growing. I have rested long enough. Not to sound overly emotional here, but the car wreck that injured me, in hindsight, has been the best thing to ever happen. True, it did bring financial hardship that I have not seen before, but it also gave me so much time to sit and reflect on boxing and priorities. I was a mess, emotionally and financially, for some time when the doctors couldn’t give me a time frame on when I would be able to at least start training again. It is still not clear if I will be able to step back in the ring, but at least right now I can work out -- and most of all work out all my boxers.

The next time I step in that boxing ring, I will be 100-percent focused and for damn sure in shape to show the best TRAVIS HARTMAN I can offer to the professional boxing game. Not for the fans or for my friends, but for me. It will just be a bonus if everyone in attendance enjoys the show, because it will be a great one when I come back.

Joe Paterno said it best: “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”

Slowly, but surely I will be back in the ring. I am optimistic, and I have a couple wrongs that need to be righted. God willing, I will be back. You heard it here first.


Listen to Travis Hartman
on The Ringside Boxing Show:


Previous blogs by Travis Hartman


Remembering a superman named Roy Jones Jr.


Call it an off night for Devon Alexander


Hey! I was that kid who whipped today's No. 4 P4P!


Does boxing need power-mongers like Bob Arum?


Athlete vs. Writer: Two Sides of The Interview


Auto wreck delays rematch with Teddy Atlas


Manny & Me: Six Degrees of Separation


'Better to try and fail than never try at all'


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


'Pull a Buster Douglas on them'


Training (but, regrettably, not partying) with Arturo


Ready to do battle for the hometown crowd

Love what you do, and do what you love

Living a dream in a rough, tough business

Another step, and a big fight in my career

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

A dream gig is suspended by the incompetence & arrogance


Never be afraid to dream (or fantasize?)


Raging in York & dreaming of Hef's house

Why I'm facing an unbeaten foe on short notice (again!)

Advice from a legend spurs this boxer on

The truth about the boxing game: 'Boxers don't play'

Early mornings, freezing weather, miles of roadwork ...

After a superb amateur career, the fighter evaluates why his pro experience has been so very different


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