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Striketec” sensors represent the newest wave of technology to hit the boxing industry. They track every movement a boxer’s hands make and indicate the speed and force of punches thrown. Not only can you track progress to get the best results, you can share workouts and progress via email, Facebook, Twitter etc. This technology is primarily used as a fitness tool however if it was implemented during TV boxing matches it has the potential to bring a whole new interactive viewing experience to the sport.

Another company that is using sensory technology in their products is “Welltec”. They’ve created gloves and shorts that measure a boxer’s performance as well as the detail of their punches including angle, velocity and impact. The data is processed in milliseconds. Two accelerometers and a magnetometer are installed in the gloves that can produce broadcasting data at a rate of 800hz per second. That’s enough to provide hundreds of thousands of data points per fight. The company is also working on real-time on-screen visuals which would give viewers an in-depth look at what’s going on during a fight.

Although boxing is still as exciting and competitive as ever, these are exactly the kinds of technology that need to be implemented in boxing (which fundamentally hasn’t changed much since the sport was first developed) to ensure it stays relevant, engaging and appeals to a younger audience, which is what the sport often lacks.

You can read more about this technology at Sport Techie.com but don’t forget to leave a comment below too!

A comprehensive list on the BBC Sport website and regularly updated.

See the full list here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/20258950

 

Useful global schedule of boxing fights and events all available in one place on the BBC Sport website and regularly updated!

Find the full table here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/30349232

Fascinating article on BBC News today about Ajmal Faizy ‘Taliban victim, refugee and successful British boxer’. Definitely worth a read, you can find it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/33151043

 

Boxing coaches in England today warned an international rule preventing cross over between amateur and professional codes is having a terrible effect at the grassroots level and may see future generations lost to the sport.

Many coaches believe regulations put in place by the International Boxing Association (Aiba) have had negative consequences at professional/amateur gyms across the UK with some youngsters (many of whom dream of emulating Amir Khan and Carl Froch) becoming disillusioned and falling out of the sport.

Aiba (world boxing’s governing body; runs international amateur competitions) has stated that professional coaches are banned from assisting fighters during its competitions. Since the Amateur Boxing Association of England reformed and became England Boxing in 2013, it has had to comply with these worldwide regulations.

There are gears that:

  • Coaches are forced to prioritise either professional or amateur boxers
  • Grassroots boxing may suffer

What do you think of these changes? Please leave a comment below.

The UK’s largest boxing promoter, Matchroom Boxing, has a new partnership with the world’s largest ticket marketplace, StubHub (part of eBay Inc).

The partnership allows Matchroom to use StubHub as a platform to list face value tickets and also be the official resale channel for boxing fans for fights with high ticket demand.

Face value tickets will be listed transparently by StubHub on behalf of Matchroom with every listing denoting Matchroom Boxing as the seller on StubHub.co.uk. The price of any ticket listed for resale will be set by the seller and will not be influenced by either Matchroom or StubHub.

This agreement comes after a similar and successful partnership that StubHub had with leading Matchroom talent and Olympic champion Anthony Joshua in 2014. In addition to Joshua, the new partnership will now allow boxing fans to access tickets for fights in 2015 across the UK for leading British boxers including Carl Froch, Nathan Cleverly and Kell Brook.

What do you think about this new partnership? Please leave a comment below.

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