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 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.
journal reflects his physical, psychological and emotional struggle as he continues his an
ongoing quest to become the best.
separates the men
from the immortals
By TRAVIS HARTMAN
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.
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.
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.
Micky Ward, Travis Hartman &
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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