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How to Buy Perfect Boxing Gloves

Every boxer knows that boxing gloves are their first line of defense. An essential part of the sport, these gloves are not only meant to exhibit power, but are for protection as well. Since there are many different types of boxing gloves available, it can be difficult to decide which gloves to purchase. Here's a guide to help you.

Boxing gloves are varied because they all serve different purposes. Bag gloves, training and sparring gloves, competition as well as fitness gloves all have a unique set of features. The following will review the types of boxing gloves that are available and accordingly, help you determine which gloves would best serve your needs.

Size: Considering the many differences, the one thing that all boxing gloves have in common is size. They are available in only three sizes, i.e. small, medium and large. So when you are buying boxing gloves, keep in mind that the size you select should comfortably accommodate your hands and your hand-bandages.

Bag Gloves: These gloves are designed for throwing hard and heavy punches against the punching bag. A bit bigger than other gloves, bag gloves are only slightly heavy, because the top half of the gloves are thickly padded. While they offer protection to your knuckles, these gloves provide minimal wrist support. Though bag gloves help boxers have better control over the accuracy of their punches, not all boxers use them.

Training/Sparring Gloves: Both training and sparring gloves can be used for all training purposes. Sparring gloves are simply extra-padded training gloves. The extra padding serves to lessen the impact of your punches on your sparring partner's body. These gloves are available in five weight classifications, as follows:

  • 10 ounces
  • 12 ounces
  • 14 ounces
  • 16 ounces
  • 20 ounces


Training and sparring gloves are intentionally constructed to be heavy, as they are often used to increase a boxer’s stamina and arm strength. The 10 ounces(oz) training gloves are usually worn by professional boxers’ for sparring and training. The 14oz and 16oz gloves are more appropriate for those who are just starting out their boxing careers.

Professional Competition Gloves: With regards to weight, professional competition gloves come in 8oz, 10oz and 12oz weight categories. We recommend that these boxing gloves be utilized for professional fights only. These gloves are lightly padded, so that your punches deliver powerful impact to your opponents.

Professional competition boxing gloves are laced up. These boxing gloves give your hands some room for flexibility and protect the bones in your hands and wrists from severe injuries. Female boxers use the 8oz boxing gloves, while the 10oz and 12oz gloves are worn by male boxers in professional matches.

Amateur Competition Gloves: Popularly worn by amateur competitors, these gloves are perfectly suitable to new boxers. Available in red and blue colours, the top half of these gloves are painted white. The reason behind these white target areas is that, in competition fights, they are used to determine whether a boxer has won a point or not. These gloves offer your hands good wrist support and are usually fitted with Velcro straps.

Fitness Gloves: Fitness gloves are light-weight and best suited to use for light pad or bag work. These gloves offer their wearers a good cardio workout and are a good training tool for novice boxers. A good benefit of these gloves are that, they are inexpensive to purchase and can be bought from your local sporting goods store.

Before buying boxing gloves, there are two important things you should do. Firstly, consult your trainer. They will know which type of boxing gloves, as well as the size and weight of the gloves that will work best. Secondly, wear the gloves before you buy them! Since you are going to be using the boxing gloves, ensure that you feel comfortable wearing them. Don’t always go for expensive gloves; even moderately priced ones sometime are a great choice.

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