Boxing To Experiment With Mouthguards To Improve Judging And Prevent Injuries
Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) may have won the battle against Jack Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs), but it has opened a new subject in relation to boxing.
In an attempt to put an end to controversial decisions by judges, artificial intelligence and mouthguard technology are on the verge of being introduced to revolutionize judging in the sport.
The Olympic future of boxing hangs in the balance as it has faced numerous accusations, such as corruption, recently.
Now, the controversial win of Taylor only adds salt to the wounds.
The reported split decision has created more noises related to reforms and now Sportsmail believes that the IBA, the boxing governing body, is working hard to form a plan.
According to the report, IBA is working on a system that configures fighters’ gumshields, which would help in the scoring of bouts.
The PROTECHT mouthguard, which is already used by many other sports to protect from injuries, gives live data about the blows to a body. This information is put in the form of algorithms to create an amazing picture of the fight.
“This isn’t a system that will count the punches on the boxer’s body. It is much more sophisticated and articulate than you can imagine,” Professor Mike Loosemore, GB Boxing’s chief medical officer, said.