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.





SWork ethic
separates the men
from the immortals


The Boxing Amusement Park


Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 2:14 a.m

I know a lot about work ethic since I have been an active boxer from the age of six years old. For those of you who don’t know me -- and that may be a good thing -- I am 27 years old and, if my math is right, I have been boxing for 21 years. Holy crap, that's a long time (haha), but back to the point.

Since turning pro way back in 2004 I have come to realize, after looking back at my crappy professional record, that maybe my work ethic isn’t what I thought it was. I worked my butt off as an amateur and it showed because I won three national titles and compiled a record of 156-13 over a 15-year period. Between my brother and I, we have more national titles in boxing in a three-year period than the any boxer in the whole state of Missouri. Hell, some amateurs never win one single national title in their lifetime -- Missouri, California or New York ... it does't matter.

But after only six years as a professional athlete I've already lost more fights than I did in 15 years as an amateur. For some, this is going to be hard to believe, but when I was just 16  I sparred with a guy who had sparred many rounds with Floyd Mayweather Jr. After we got done sparring, he told me with the straightest and most serious face, “Travis I know you might not believe this, but your first punch is faster or as fast as Floyd Mayweather Jr.” Well, I've tried to not get caught up in the hype or the hate, but this comment was very hard not to at least entertain. I have known this person almost my whole life and for him to say this now was shocking, to say the least. I try never to let someone build me up or tear me down. I believe what I believe, but I have to admit:  When he told me that,  my confidence went through the roof.


Travis Hartman photos | Micky Ward, Travis Hartman, Arturo Gatti | The Ringside Boxing Show

Micky Ward, Travis Hartman & Arturo Gatti


At 17, I made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the National Golden Gloves, narrowly losing a decision to the eventual finalist. My showing was so good at Nationals -- and that entire year as an open-division boxer -- that I was ranked No. 5 in in the nation by ‘USA Boxing Magazine.’ Andre Dirrell was ranked No. 1.

With all this in mind, I have had the honor of training alongside former world champions like Arturo Gatti, God rest his soul, Mickey Ward, Marco Huck, Arthur Abraham and many more up-and-coming future champs.

However, it was one certain fighter, who will remain anonymous here, who taught me that no matter how much talent you possess, it ultimately comes down to how hard you work. This was a guy who had more talent in his pinky finger than most have in their entire bodies, and each time I saw him, I'd say, "Wow." But his work ethic was lacking and he never achieved a level of greatness worthy of his gifts.

It truly has taken all those experiences -- plus a car wreck and a neck injury -- for me to realize how much I truly love boxing, and how much my work ethic needed to be amped up by a million percent. I look back at some of my TV fights and realize how unprepared I was, and how ridiculous I looked.

 So what if I made money.: I looked ridiculous and half of the world saw it on TV, which embarrasses me when I look back. One thing I promise: If I ever step back into the ring, I will put forth 100 percent. I can’t guarantee a win, but don’t be surprised if I upset some big-name up and comer. Take that to the bank.


“Success isn't something that just happens - success is learned,

success is practiced and then it is shared.” 

--Sparky Anderson


Listen to Travis Hartman
on The Ringside Boxing Show:


Previous blogs by Travis Hartman


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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