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.
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.