Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/8/14
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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. 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 pro...
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