For an introduction to MartialBot, read our blog post from the last year.
It's been exactly one year since the launch of our website. Here is a recap of what we did in this one year and what we have planned for the coming year.
Initially, we had planned on landing the MMA module by December 2021 but it did not happen - because we realized that we didn't know enough about boxing.
So, a good part of our first year was spent on understanding the boxing community, the fans, the events, the promoters, important entities, and the unique boxing culture.
We come from a MMA and kickboxing backround and had assumed that boxing would be something similar, but discovered that boxing is an altogether different animal and is way more complex. Since, we have come to the conclusion that, if we can do boxing, we can do any sport or game on the planet.
One of the most significant features we landed this year is the Fights Module; now you can "travel back in time" and see how the tale of the tape looked like when a fight happened. We will be putting up the videos for all these fights eventually, it is there for some already. Watching the fights on YouTube is fun, but watching on MartialBot with all the context is definitely more enriching and educational.
We also landed the Prediction Module. Now our AI makes predictions about the outcome of past and future events. It is still at pre-alpha (baby), so go ahead and have prediction contests with it, while you can still win.
Something that we have been working on but is not obvious on the surface is the refactoring of our AI model and algorithm. This will enable us to adapt the AI engine for any competitive comparison, not just for sports and games. It will also make it possible for the AI to explain all its decisions in a very detailed manner.
The highlight of last year was getting a follow from The Ring magazine itself. We are tremendously inspired, thank you! 🙏🏻
Our database has grown to over one thousand boxers and more than 30,000 fights. However, we don't think of these numbers as achievements nor do we want to increase their count just for the sake of numbers. In fact, we want to keep them as low as possible.
Our goal is quality analysis, and about 500-700 top boxers is all you need to be able to tell how good someone is. We have no plans (or resources) to compete with WikiPedia and BoxRec, we are doing something else and we want to do it so good that MartialBot will become the goto destination for all combat sports analysis.
To all our Twitter followers (553), we are grateful for your support. You all - hardcore, authentic boxing fans - further reaffirm our vision that we are building something truly valuable.
So, what are our plans for this year?
We are planning to release the apps by the end of 2022 or early 2023. If you haven't already, follow us on Twitter for updates.