Two of the biggest combat sports names in the Ohio Valley region will square off next weekend in a boxing match, as Branden Hinkle is set to face Travis Clark on March 4 in Wheeling, WV.
Hinkle, who is originally from Weirton, WV, is a member of the famed Hammer House fight team. He is a three-time UFC veteran, and he holds a 17-11 MMA record along with a 6-2 pro boxing record. Five of his six boxing wins have come via knockout, but he has lost his last two outings. Most recently, he lost to Mike Balogun at an event in Washington D.C. last October.
“It’s finally happening. It’s been a long time coming. I’m excited for the fight and I’m excited for the fans,” Hinkle told the Wheeling News-Register. “It’s probably the most anticipated fight ever in the Ohio Valley. I think it’s going to be a great fight.”
Clark holds a 7-3 MMA record, along with an 11-0 boxing record. He last competed in MMA in 2014, losing to Philippe Lins at Bellator 116. In boxing, seven of his 11 wins have come via knockout. His last outing was a decision win over Thad Berkhousen in November.
“I respect Hinkle,” Clark said. “I grew up watching what he does. It’s an honor to finally get to fight someone that I respect and looked up to, but with that being said, I’m still going to keep my belt by knockout.”
Hinkle and Clark will headline the 37th annual West Virginia Toughman contest at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.