Boxing, Latest News

PunchForce technology could change way boxing is scored

PunchForce technology could change way boxing is scored – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

 

The device is shaped like a piece of Bazooka bubble gum. It weighs in at 0.28 ounces (7.9 grams) and belongs to HBO, the heavyweight among boxing broadcasters.

 

PACQUIAO-BRADLEY

Take a look back at the best photos from the controversial fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.

This technology, called PunchForce, is designed to measure the speed and force of a boxer’s punches and transmit that information instantaneously to viewers of HBO broadcasts. But its real potential is far broader — if it works, it could help this struggling sport fix one of its most nagging flaws.

Like instant replay in baseball, the system would offer perspective about what actually took place between contestants, enhancing the ability of viewers to judge the judges. To many in boxing, the potential value of such punch analysis was underscored by the controversial June 9 bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, which Bradley won in a split decision despite a widespread perception that Pacquiao had prevailed.

Then again, the unofficial scoring provided by PunchForce might support official outcomes. “There are probably some fights where if people had those figures there would have been less disagreeing with the judges,” according to Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

 

bracket

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Think the judges were clueless when they declared Manny Pacquiao a loser against Timothy Bradley? They have company on the list of worst sports decisions.

Either way, the device could give boxing a second wind at a time when fight fans increasingly are turning to mixed martial arts, or MMA, a form of combat that more often ends with decisive knockouts. Indeed, the state athletic commission in Nevada — boxing’s home state — already approved the use of PunchForce.

Yet like a fighter who’s late to the ring, the technology has yet to launch. Never mind that the Federal Communications Commission granted approval to PunchForce in February, essentially ruling that it wouldn’t interfere with other transmissions. It remained on the sidelines for the Pacquiao-Bradley match and isn’t expected to play a role in any imminent bout.

Precisely why isn’t clear — PunchForce is a closely-guarded secret at HBO. Michael Paschke, HBO senior software engineer, wouldn’t comment beyond saying that PunchForce is “ready to go,” having been tested on “hundreds of fights.” An HBO spokesman said it was premature to discuss the technology.

Advertisements

Discussion

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Lamont Peterson asks for continuance in license hearing « WrestleRaw.com - July 2, 2012

Hey leave a comment let me know what you think about this article

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

WTF Current Shows

  • Saturday: WDW 8PM
  • Monday: UFL Prison Games 7PM
  • Fridays: UFL Prison Games 8PM

UFL FFF Prison Games Season 3 Rankings

WINS/LOSS

HBO Boxing Updates

%d bloggers like this: