Boxing, one of the most popular combat sports of our era

Boxing is a prestigious sport with an ancient history, its roots dating back to ancient Egypt around 3000BC, and was adopted by the Greeks in the late 7th century. In those days, boxers fought without ropes, corners or rounds, with boxers who proved their endurance and courage being highly regarded in Greek society.

The boxing glove developed over time, starting out as soft wrappings to protect the hands. This was later developed into a harder glove, that was sometimes studded with iron or brass nuggets. These endured through the roman times and into the Renaissance period.

Boxing had been traditionally a lower-class sport, with bare-knuckle fighting contests held across England. In the 18th century, boxing legend James Figg, who is widely recognized as the first English bare-knuckle boxing champion, opened a boxing school in London. The rules for bare-knuckle boxing were very loosely defined and tended to vary from contest to contest however Jack Broughton, James Figg’s successor, went on to establish the first set of rules which included the introduction of the padded glove. This made boxing more appealing to young nobleman and the sport rapidly grew in popularity.

Today, boxing has developed into one of the most popular sports in the world. Prize fights are able to generate millions of dollars of revenue from the millions of followers that tune in to watch them around the globe. When boxing is at it’s best, it really is one of the most intense, fast paced and action-packed sports that exist.

Boxing isn’t just about how hard you can punch, there is an enormous amount of training and skill involved in getting to the top. Competitors must be fast, knowing when to hit, and when not to be hit. They must be accurate in landing punches on a moving target, being able to quickly size up their opponent and predict their movements. Athletes must train at developing their power, defense, endurance, discipline and intelligence.

One of the ways boxers can train and prepare for a fight, is by understanding the boxing style and technique of their competitors. Video Analysis is widely used in the boxing industry not only for improving boxing technique, but also for reviewing the style and tactics used by competitors. Up until now however, video analysis has been a slow and tedious process, with the user having to manually draw lines and map out angles frame-by-frame. SIVA, Sprongo’s new intelligent video analysis software changes this and is set to revolutionize the boxing industry.

SIVA works to automatically identify and map out a skeleton of the subject. Identifying movements in limbs and joints and mapping out lines and angles accordingly. SIVA does this by incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence into the video analysis process. In moments, you are provided an array of useful data and insights that can be used to perfect your boxing technique, a process that would have previously taken hours to achieve.

SIVA truly is a game changer for the boxing industry. Try SIVA out for yourself by heading to www.sprongo.com and signing up for a Pro account today.

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