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April 27, 2014

A Don McCormack column: Hinkle will throw down come July

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Put ’em up!

Branden Hinkle has always got more than a kick out of hitting something, not to mention, being hit, himself.

The professional MMA fighter and boxer will be climbing back into the ring this summer.

He posted the following on his Facebook wall last week:

“I will be boxing July 3 at The Serbian Cultural Center in Weirton, W.Va. Gonna be another great night of fights.

“Undefeated prospect Aaron Quattrocchi will also be on the card, along with many other local favorites to be announced. Tickets will be available next week.”

Many details of Hinkle’s bout this summer will be announced later this week, including his opponent.

The 1991 Jefferson graduate, also a graduate of West Liberty State University, where he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2012, paid tribute to some who have helped him in his combative competitions.

“Reflecting on almost two decades of fighting, I wanted to show respect and love to my boy, Stoney Brian Edison,” the son of Marsha and the late Jack Hinkle said. “He’s the one that believed in me, vouched for me to Mark ‘The Hammer’ Coleman.”

The former standout wrestler and tennis player at both Jefferson and West Virginia State said Edison’s faith in him was extremely important in him sticking with it.

“He told me straight up, ‘don’t give up on the dream, keep grinding. Come up tomorrow, you can stay with me.’”

That was many years ago, now.

“Back in 1998, he gave a skinny cat from Jefferson, Ohio a chance to travel and compete worldwide, in places like Aracaju, Brazil, Chung-ju City, Korea and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico,” Hinkle said. “I feel like sometimes, I don’t publicly give him credit for what he has done and continues to do for me.

“So, thank you, Doney. You are my brother.”

Stat attack

Area high school baseball and softball coaches are reminded to submit their updated varsity team and individual season statistic sheets — along with overall  and conference records and any schedule revises — today or Monday.

They can be submitted by sending them via email to sports@starbeacon.com or via fax at 998-7938.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at donmac@suite224.net.

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