The undefeated, 22-year-old prospect from Capitol Heights, Maryland is turning heads as a pro.
A heavy bag hangs from a chain, tied to a cross beam. Every time the bag is hit, the whole house is in an uproar. There isn’t much room. The washer and dryer are a short distance away, providing enough space to place his little feet.
This is Travon Marshall’s boxing incubator. It was a poor nine-year-old boy who was going to follow his uncle into the snow, black, and he was surprised that the boy was blinded by the dust and dust that the heavy bag spewed every time his uncle hit her.
This is where Marshall’s love affair with boxing began. This is where his delusions started, he was hitting on this old dead bag. Marshall was a boy who always wanted to fight, and from a young age, he began to see the future of sports. Every time he got a chance to hit something, he did.
Over time, the 22-year-old Marshall has grown into a six-foot welterweight with a 6-0 record, finishing five opponents in the distance as a pro. The Capitol Heights, Maryland, resident has fast hands, quick feet, boxing skills from the basement and, most importantly, a deep passion for sports.
He also listens well.
“When I first saw Travon, I saw a lot of potential and for him to do things in a lot of weight classes, because of his height,” said Andrew Council, Marshall’s respected trainer and former son. 1990 middleweight match against Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. and Winky Wright, and WBC middleweight world champion Keith Holmes. “When I look at Travon, he reminds me of a bunch of fighters. At times, he reminds me of Tommy Hearns, with his height and power, he has skills like (Andre) Ward, and like the Charlo brothers. Travon started boxing, but started playing football a little before he got injured.
“But he is on the right track. He has the right team around him. And he is a good boy. He lay back. He has a great personality, great sense of humor, he’s the one who can go to a party, wait in the background and at the end of the night, everyone there will know Travon. We have a good relationship. This is just the beginning.”
The council has done a great job with Marshall for the past three years. He served as a teacher, mentor, older brother, and mentor. He also threw Marshall in front of other boxers today. Marshall features a who’s who of former IBF heavyweight champion Robert Easter Jr., the Fox Brothers, Alantez and Mykal, former world heavyweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams and Jarrett Hurd, top middleweight contender Kyrone Davis, middleweight title. contender Chordale Booker, middleweight Troy Isley and light heavyweight Keyshawn Davis, and many more.
Marshall, the oldest of the eight, took what he learned from them and incorporated it into his own style.
“ I have many examples of what will not grow. “
Undefeated Super Welterweight Prospect – Travon Marshall
He also has a strong, new motivation in his life that drives him to succeed.
“I had my daughter, Teaya Ali Marshall, and that changed a lot of things in my life,” Marshall said. “I know many people will think that her name is Ali after Muhammad Ali, with me in boxing (laughs), but that’s what her mother wanted when we were watching a movie together. I take her to the gym with me. I remember one time when I was sparring with Mykal Fox and she was walking around, walking around all the time.
“I always have energy. My daughter inspires me even more. I’ve never been the party type. Times are crazy now, and I’m trying to look at myself, because I know what it’s like to not have a father. My daughter won’t mind that. I have ‘Drew’ (Council) in my life. He is better than my trainer. He kept me on the straight-and-narrow, and I would never question Drew. He sat on me, and my grandmother and mother stood on me.
“I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Dominique Hunter, his mother, has eight children ranging in age from 22 to three. She worked two jobs, working nights at a hotel and as a server, to provide for Travon and his siblings. Carolyn Young, his maternal grandmother, was tight-lipped about his education and who he would interact with.
“I have a lot of examples of what not to grow,” Marshall said. “When I was 12, 13 years old, I started thinking about one day becoming a pro. I knew what I wanted from a young age. I have family members constantly in my ear about not being on the streets. I have a family in prison. I am trying to break the family curse. My father was in prison and recently got out. My dad is trying to get himself together and it will take him a while to bond with him.
“If there is a real hero here, it is my mother. My mother and grandmother were always there to support me. I have my daughter, I have my mother and my grandmother, this is a powerful thing. My mother would work all night, come home, sleep for a few hours, and my grandmother would take care of us.”
At first, Dominique was a little hesitant about her ex joining boxing. But Travon brought her up slowly.
She was the loudest in the standings during Brian Jones’ fourth round on Christmas Day 2021, in Newark, New Jersey.
“Travon is a kid with character and he’s willing to be patient,” Council said. “With his daughter in his life, it made him more responsible. Responsibility is always good. A person who has no responsibility should lead his life carelessly. Travon destroyed his daughter. She is the boss when he brings her to the gym. She made him move his legs (laughs).
“I am not in a hurry with him, because he is still young. He didn’t get the strength of the man yet. We will build it round and be patient. The sky is the limit.”