Available in black, red or pink, and in sizes from small to extra-large, there’s a pair of these gloves that are suitable for just about any boxer. These gloves are designed to hold up to the rigors of the gym and do it while protecting the boxer’s hands. They’re made with an all-leather outer that holds up well to surface abrasions and doesn’t crack or tear like lesser glove materials have a tendency of doing. For the comfort and to ensure a snug fit, these gloves also have a wraparound wrist strap that’s user adjustable. Inside of these gloves, there’s also a gel-enforced lining that absorbs shocks and helps to prevent them from reaching the boxer’s hands.
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How To Buy Boxing Gloves
There are a lot of boxing gloves available nowadays. There are sparring gloves, bag gloves, competition gloves, and all-purpose training gloves. Lump those in with the mixed martial art gloves, and you’ll end up with a market that’s completely saturated. And that can make it extremely difficult for anyone to find the pair of gloves that they need for boxing.
We’ve decided to fix that problem, however. We have decided to write this guide which will go over some of the basics that both aspiring and professional boxers need to consider before buying a new pair of gloves. Although we won’t go over every single aspect that needs to be examined, we will give you a basic overview that will enable you to purchase your next pair of gloves with confidence.
The Types of Boxing Gloves Available
The first thing that you need to consider before you buy a new pair of boxing gloves is what type of gloves that you are going to need. There are several different varieties of gloves available, and each of them has its own pros and cons. Below we’ve listed some of the more common types available with a short description of what they can be used for, so you can choose a pair that fits your needs.
If you go over the following list, you’ll likely notice that mixed martial art or MMA gloves are blatantly missing from the listing of glove types. That’s because although we consider them to be a type of boxing gloves, we also believe that they deserve their own category separate from boxing gloves.
- Bag Gloves: Bag gloves are obviously made to be used in the gym, and are made with stiff layers of foam that protect the boxer’s hands during training sessions. They are also designed to give the boxer the wrist support they need to throw one punch after another. Bag gloves should never be worn against an opponent because the foam is stiffer than other types of gloves.
- Sparring Gloves: Sparring gloves are made with just enough padding to protect the opposing boxer in the training ring but don’t have as much padding as a pair of competitive boxing gloves. They are designed to be lightweight so boxers can strike and guard quickly. The heavier the sparring gloves, the higher the shock absorbency provided by them.
- All-Purpose Training Gloves: These gloves are designed to be used for both sparring and bag work. They are firm enough to be used on punching bags but are light absorb enough shock to be used as a sparring glove. Although these gloves are a good option for beginners, advanced boxers will want to get separate pairs of gloves for sparring and bag work. That’s because gloves tend to break down after long bag sessions, which reduces their effectiveness in the sparring ring.
Choosing A Boxing Glove Size
We could’ve written a whole guide on choosing the correct size of boxing gloves because there are so many variables that need to be considered. There’s the size of the fighter, the type of boxing they’re doing and what type of competition they’re engaged in. As a result, we simply can’t go over all of these variables in this limited amount of space, so we’ll give you a basic overview of how to choose a glove size.
For most novices, the following guide is more than good enough for them to choose a good pair of gloves. Professional boxers, on the other hand, may have to consider other factors besides the following to get the best glove size for their sport. It should be noted that boxing glove sizes are determined by their weight. The smallest gloves are 10-ounces and the largest gloves are 20-ounces or higher.
Sparring Gloves Weight Considerations
- Adults or children under 120-pounds: 12 to 14-ounces
- Adults 120 to 150-pounds: 14 to 16-ounces
- Adults 150 to 180-pounds: 16 to 18-ounces
- Adults over 180-pounds: 18 to 20-ounces
All-Purpose Training Gloves Weight Considerations
- Adults or children under 120-pounds: 10-ounces
- Adults 120 to 150-pounds: 12 to 14-ounces
- Adults 150 to 180-pounds: 14 to 16-ounces
- Adults over 180-pounds: 16 to 18-ounces
Lace-Up Or Wrap Around Closures
The last thing a boxer is going to want to consider is whether they want lace-up gloves or ones that have a wrap-around enclosure. Although lace up gloves provide a more secure and custom fits, wrap around closures certainly have their place in the conversation. Most professionals will want to use lace up gloves during competitive bouts, but some boxers may like the convenience of lace up gloves in the gym. That’s because gloves with wrap-around enclosures are easy to put on and just as easy to take off.