Washed-up Technology-loving boxer David Haye has announced that viewers will be able to watch his comeback bout against Mark di Mori through virtual reality. “OMG!” we hear you say. Disappointingly, however, you won’t have a fighter’s eye view of proceedings.
Ignore Haye, who’s caused plenty of confusion about the spectacle by saying, “I'm thrilled to bring immersive VR technology to big time boxing – allowing the public to stand alongside me in the ring, letting them see what I see and experience every punch.” That ain’t quite true. Instead, you’ll be able to pretend that you’re in the crowd like a money-paying ticket-holder, with the ability to look around the venue and eye up real spectators whenever the fight becomes really boring.
IM360 has created an Android app -- called Hayemaker 360 -- for anyone interested, and it’ll work with Gear VR, Google Cardboard and countless numbers of cheap headsets already on the market. This marks the first time a live boxing match will be broadcast through VR. The big fight takes place at the O2 Arena in London on 16 January at 9pm GMT, though you can also watch it on Dave. Yes, really. [IBT]