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 27-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.





SDear Mr. Arum:
Have you gone in-Sainz?


The Boxing Amusement Park



Dear Bob Arum,
Congratulations to you and Top Rank.  You just officially climbed up the ladder in my book, but not for reasons associated with boxing. 

Top Rank has officially hired Ines Sainz to give special reports leading up to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight, scheduled Nov. 13 at Dallas Cowboys' 1.2-billion dollar stadium.

Not only have you contributed to the ruination of boxing by letting pound-for-pound kingpin Pacquiao fight undeserving opponents -- first Josh Clottey, now Antonio Margacheato -- but you also have smacked all good boxing reporters in the face by hiring Sainz.

Come on, Mr. Arum ... like you need to bring in a media firestorm like Sainz i to sell tickets to see Pacquiao fight. Sainz is most famously known for allegedy dressing sexy and getting hit on in the locker room of the New York Jets football team. But hey, she knows boxing, right? Pfft.

I guess if I was ever going to get hired by Top Rank to give reports, or box on one of their future shows, that it might have just gone out the door.

Boxing continues to get criticized by hardcore UFC fans for the best not fighting the best. Well, in this instance, I think they are right. Yeah you heard me: I just agreed with the UFC fanatics.

It is like you always hear, lead by example. It is no question that the two best in the world right now are Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but neither will fight the other. I won't defend or disparage either guy, because I think we both know that it's not really the fighters, but boxing's power brokers, who could ensure that this match wallows in limbo forever.
 But Mayweathers last two fights, in my opinion, were more relevant than Pacquiao's. Mayweather beat Marquez, a guy who everybody knows should have beaten Pacquiao. Then he went on to beat Mosley, who was fresh off a ninth-round beatdown of Margarito -- something nobody else had ever done .

I get it that Mayweather may be hard to deal with in making this fight -- you get let off the hook for that one, Mr. Arum -- but how, in your right mind, do you  justify Manny fighting Josh Clottey? Clottey was coming off a split decision loss to Miguel Cotto and Pacquaio kicked the crap out of Cotto. Yet Clottey deserved that fight over Amir Khan, Andre Berto, Paul Williams, Sergio Martinez, Kermit Cintron, Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander? Even a Shane Mosley fight would be more credible.
Now you are letting Pacquaio fight Margarito, a fighter who was banned for a year for illegally stuffing his hand wraps before the Mosley fight . That's a suspension the California State Athletic Commission still hasn't lifted, but for some reason the Texas Commission found it OK to forgive the worst crime in boxing.

Boxing will become irrelevant , Mr. Arum, if we keep letting guys like you run our sport into the ground, with bogus matchmaking and absolutely erroneous hiring of "sports reporters" like Ines Saenz. Go Top Rank.

Travis Hartman

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Previous blogs by Travis Hartman


Work ethic separates men from immortals


Injury, layoff inspire an appreciation of my gifts


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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