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Travis Hartman was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was raised in Osborn, Missouri where he graduated high school at the age of 17-years-old. Hartman graduated with approximately 15 total people in his graduating class from the tiny town of Osborn which had a population of 400 people.
Hartman had a stellar amateur boxing career, which started at the age of six-years old. He amassed a record of 156 wins and only 13 losses as a licensed USA Boxing competitor to go along with a bronze medal in the Junior Olympics and three national titles all before he was 15 years old. After qualifying for his first ever national Silver Gloves Hartman ended up losing in the finals to Rodrigo Mosquera of California. Destined to never feel the pain of training all year and coming up one fight short of a championship, Hartman trained his hardest.
The hard work paid off because Hartman ended up winning back-to-back national Silver Gloves Championships beating the likes of Nonito Donaire and was destined for a third Silver Gloves title but lost a questionable decision in the semi-finals to a competitor he had already beaten once. Hartman then went on to win the National P.A.L. (Police Athletic League) beating Anthony Dirrell in the finals.
After graduating from Osborn High School, Hartman earned a full-ride Kansas City Golden Gloves boxing scholarship and went on to win three Kansas City Golden Gloves titles. Hartman, now 20-years old, dreamed of fighting for the USA in the Olympics in Athens Greece in 2004. The odds were not in favor of Hartman this time as his family home burned to the ground in early January of 2004, three weeks before he was to compete in the Western Olympic Trials in Bakersfield, California. He still went on to compete and made it to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Trials before losing to Cleotis Pendarvis.
After making the trip home from California, Hartman and his father decided to turn pro at the age of 20 years old. They signed a three-year deal with Rob Calloway’s All-American Promotions. Hartman made his pro debut in March of 2004 winning by 3rd round TKO. He would go on to go undefeated in six pro fights with 4 knockouts his first year as a pro.
Hartman suffered his first loss as a pro to the son of a legend, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. in a main event in Hidalgo, Texas in April of 2005 in front of a sold out pro Mexican crowd. Hartman had suffered an illness days leading up to the fight, but still put on a valiant effort.
Hartman's pro career spanning from 2004 to present day has been filled with ups and downs, but saw him face some of the best fighters in the world. Some of the opponents Hartman faced as a professional boxer were Terence Crawford*, (Hartman lost the fight by a decision on points), Keith Thurman*, Jessie Vargas*, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.*, Jorge Paez Jr., Danny O’Connor, Willie Nelson, Chordale Booker, Kent Cruz and Mason Menard. (* = world champions)
Hartman has fought in France, Denmark, Germany, Canada, and trained in Brisbane, Australia as a sparring partner for Jarrod Fletcher who was the no. 2 middle-weight in the world at the time. Hartman appeared on HBO-PPV, ESPN2, Fox, Showtime Championship TV, Aztec American, ARD (German TV), and fought in some of the most famous arenas like Madison Square Garden in New York, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany, MGM Grand in Connecticut and all over the world.
Hartman had owned his own gym for 8 years in Missouri before relocating to Winter Springs, Florida to be the General Manager of UFC Gym. Hartman now runs his own private training company since 2019, Travis Hartman Boxing LLC, which is the No. 1 personal training and boxing program in Orlando, Florida.
Travis Hartman fought on HBO PPV on undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs Antonio Tarver in Atlantic City
Hartman with devastating knockout of his opponent
Second round knockout