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​How to Choose the Right Boxing Gloves

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The right boxing glove should fit you like, well, a glove. Finding the right gloves for you, however, depends on more than just picking the right weight or size – intended use, material and even colour should all be taken into consideration when choosing your new pair of boxing gloves.

Choosing the Right Weight

Boxing gloves serve many different purposes, which is why they come in many different weights. Their main purpose is to protect the boxer’s hands and minimise the damage done to the opponent’s face when hit.

So, the heavier the glove, the more padding and protection it offers. Lighter gloves are usually used during competition, whereas heavier gloves are usually used for training on a bag or sparring with a partner. There are two reasons for this:

  1. You want to minimise the damage done to your hands and face, as training usually lasts longer than a match
  2. Training with extra heavy gloves will speed up your punch during competition, when you will be using lighter gloves

Recommended uses for different sizes:

  • 8 - 10oz: ideal for competitive boxing fights
  • 12oz: the recommended general training glove size
  • 14oz: ideal for sparring or general training
  • 16oz: the size most gyms require for sparring
  • 18 - 20oz: usually for larger heavier weight classes for training

Boxing
Two competitors in the middle of a round

Types of Boxing Gloves

There are generally four main categories of fighting gloves:

Bag Gloves

Bag gloves are perfect for punching the bag. You can choose from fully padded, regular-sized gloves that have extra padding and shock absorption and smaller, lighter, less padded gloves designed for speed bag work.

Training Gloves

Training gloves are used during general training, which can include punching the pad, bag work and even sparring. These are the gloves that you will be using most of the time and as such, they should be carefully considered before choosing..

Sparring Gloves

Even though you can spar with your training gloves, if that is your preferred method of training, these are better suited for the job. They are very well padded, for both your safety and your partner’s. 

Competition Gloves

The name says it all. These gloves are usually lighter for speed, less fatigue and, yes, if you want your opponent to really feel the strikes. Specific competitions usually have only specific gloves allowed, though, so it is imperative that you make sure that you are clear on your competition's rules.

Choose the Right Material

Most often boxing gloves are made of either leather, vinyl or some blend of both.

Vinyl 

These gloves are the cheapest and therefore perfect for beginners and children that are interested in starting boxing training. They typically don’t stand the test the time, so once your training gets more serious, you may need to transition to a more solid pair of boxing gloves.

Polyurethane Leather 

Polyurethane leather is an artificial alternative to leather, with all the benefits of real leather. It has the same durability and the same genuine looks, but at a significantly lower price than the real thing. Polyurethane leather is also suitable for use by vegetarians and vegans, making it a more ethical choice of material for those concerned about animal welfare.

Genuine Leather

The priciest (and the best quality) boxing gloves are made of real leather. They are the most durable and actually grow with the boxer, gradually moulding to your hand shape and becoming like a second skin. This ensures that you get a pair of gloves that are specifically yours.

The downside of leather boxing gloves is that there may be some break-in time, meaning that for the first few training sessions, you might be at less than your best.

Leone 1947 Boxing Gloves

Leone 1947 is an iconic Italian sporting goods factory, specialising in boxing gloves and equipment. Established in 1947, the brand has since then expanded internationally and consolidated its position as the leading Italian brand in the combat sports sector, thanks to prestigious international sponsorship deals with stars such as Giorgio and Armen Petrosyan, Gago Drago, Artur Kyshenko, Alessio Sakara, Leonard Bundu, Sak Kaoponlek, Chingiz Allazov, Yuri Bessmertny, Mathias Gallo Cassarino, Lena Ovchynnikova and many others.

Alessio Sakara
Italian MMA star and Leone devotee Alessio Sakara

Check out our broad selection of boxing equipment. If you are just starting out and want to get those gloves made of polyurethane leather, try the Carbon Boxing Gloves, and if you want to treat yourself to some premium real leather gloves, check out these Elite Boxing Gloves

The Shock Boxing Gloves are perfect for both training and competition, depending on what size you pick, and these Explosion Bag Gloves are perfect for punching the bag at the gym.

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