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Travis Hartman

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The fighter's diary

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.

 

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Alexander less than great
against Kotelnik ...
but call it an off night

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By TRAVIS HARTMAN

The Boxing Amusement Park

 

Devon Alexander “The Great” received a very warm welcome from 9,117 fans in St. Louis  when he defended his IBF and WBC light welterweight titles at The Scottrade Center.

However, his opponent Andreas Kotelnik (31-4, 13 KO’s) of Ukraine, had a different type of welcome package in store for the 23-year-old champion -- one that included a gash over the right eye, coupled with bruising left-right combinations over 12 rough and bloody rounds.

The St. Louis native was able to come away with a unanimous decision, 116-112 by all three judges. While everybody from the Alexander camp proclaims they were not looking past Kotelnik, it was obvious that they were looking forward to a showdown with WBO and Ring Magazine No. 1-rated Tim Bradley (26-0, 10 Kos).

 The Alexander camp also insists they can’t get any of the other top guys in the division to fight them, but after Saturday’s performance it may be just a matter of time before the Bradley fight will happen. The undefeated champion may have done his promoter, Don King, a favor with his sub-par performance.

Kotelnik drew blood against Devon Alexander

“I think (Bradley) saw how vulnerable we were tonight, so I think they will want to fight us for sure now,” Alexander’s trainer/manager, Kevin Cunningham, said. “But Devon bites down and finds a way to win, especially when things may not be going his way, and that’s what he did (Saturday).”

Alexander admitted it was not his best performance and gave himself a “C-minus“ at the postfight press conference.

After stopping two previous world champions prior to facing Kotelnik, it is not obscene to say Alexander may have had an off night, simply put. It is not unreal or uncommon for a professional athlete to have one of those days where you don’t have your best game. The mark of a true champion is when you can “bite down” and grit out a tough title defense against a very game and worthy opponent.

The boxing world must not forget that Kotelnik had just beaten Marcos Maidana -- a top-five light welterweight according The Ring -- two fights prior, and lost a decision to Amir Khan -- No. 2 rated by The Ring. All great fighters in the packed 140-pound division, and on an off night Alexander was able to come away with a hardfought victory in his home town.

In the postfight ring interview with Max Kellerman of HBO, Alexander was handed a T-shirt that read “Bradley U Next,” and he insists that is the next fight he wants. If they fight, it will be one of the biggest title unifications thatthe light welterweight division has witnessed in ages. T IBF, WBC,and WBO titles are all in the possession of these two fighters.

Bradley and Alexander need to fight, and the fight should happen in St. Louis, according to Cunningham.

“Look what we did here tonight: almost 10,000, and what does Bradley do in California ... like, 2,500?” Cunningham said.

If the two sides are able to reach a deal, it just seems logical it would happen in St. Louis where the fans come out in droves to support boxing and the new local hero.

 

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Previous blogs by Travis Hartman

 

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
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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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