HBO seeks to use device to track boxing statistics

January 31, 2012

Bad Left Hook reports (via Boxing Scene) that HBO is seeking permission from the WBC at this Saturday’s event to use new technology that will enable the tracking of statistics of a boxer during a fight. The device is a 1 inch by 1 inch sensor which will be in the wrist of the boxing glove.

The proposed use of the technology would occur on the undercard of fights at the Top Rank event Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. HBO will show the main card which features Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. versus Marco Antonio Rubio.

Via Bad Left Hook:

The amount of data that would be available after this device becomes fully adopted will be staggering. We could figure out what a fighter’s average punch speed is for each type of punch that he throws. We would be able to tell if a fighter is slowing down by looking as his average punch speed over his past couple of fights. If a boxer got knocked out by a punch, we could figure out the amount of force necessary to knock that boxer out, and which fighters in the division are capable of producing that kind of power.

Payout Perspective:

This is the next step in not only boxing, but all of sports: detailed statistics. With emerging technology, there is the ability to become more accurate in tracking sports. A device like this would definitely refine boxing statistics. It could also be used by boxers to scout upcoming opponents as well as market boxers and fights. Hopefully, the WBC will allow the technology and we will se how accurate and useful it will be.

4 Responses to “HBO seeks to use device to track boxing statistics”

  1. Larsenator on February 1st, 2012 11:46 AM

    LOL.

    Boxing, let it go…. just throw the f****** towel! :P

  2. Jake on February 1st, 2012 12:56 PM

    Love the Boxing payout articles on the site…

    Keep em coming

  3. Jose Mendoza on February 1st, 2012 1:50 PM

    FYI:

    Looks like PBF vs Cotto, Pacman vs Bradley will be official soon. No PBF vs Pacman anytime soon.

  4. BrainSmasher on February 1st, 2012 11:43 PM

    “If a boxer got knocked out by a punch, we could figure out the amount of force necessary to knock that boxer out, and which fighters in the division are capable of producing that kind of power.”

    These people seem to know very little about the fight game. These numbers are interesting and all. But knowing how much power a punch had the KO’ed someone doesnt tell you how much you need to KO them. That is absurd. Guys with weak chin take big punches all the time. Guy with good chins get KO’ed by weak punches all the time. Each person doesnt have a set number that will KO them every time. Look at Diaz vs Lawler. The KO punch was Diaz weakest of the fight. Look at Leben vs Santiago. The punch had zero power on it. Also these sensors cant factor in Heavy Hands. Leben and Liddel could KO people without having any speed or power. When their punch landed it was like being hit with a brick. Then there are guys like Vitor Belfort. Who has always been super fast and strong. But isnt able to KO anyone hardly. It wasnt until later in his career he was able to get KO’s. But he doesnt have heavy hands.

    Like i said the stats are great and make for a lot of fun. But not very useful. It wont tell you who is going to KO another. You might be able to use a fighters stats to see if he was on top of his game for a fight or not but you wont be able to compare the stats to others fighters and predict anything. The stats for the most part will tell you what you already know. This guy hits hard this guy doesnt. This guy is fast this guy is slow.

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