If you’re actively involved in any sport, then it’s important to have the right equipment, both to help you achieve success and keep you safe. In the case of boxing, having correctly fitting boxing gloves is essential.
If you’re already boxing, or are thinking of taking it up, then here’s the lowdown on choosing correctly fitting boxing gloves.
Boxing gloves are a necessary piece of equipment for anyone taking part in boxing, kickboxing and some other forms of martial arts.
Although it’s tempting, especially when you’re first starting out, to buy the cheapest boxing gloves you can find, cheap doesn’t always mean that they’ll be the right size or fit, or that they’ll be perfectly suited for the sport.
It’s worth investing a bit more money into a good quality pair of boxing gloves, that you’ve carefully chosen, know will fit properly, keep your hands safe when you’re boxing and that won’t fall apart from only a short amount of wear.
Boxing gloves are designed to be worn to both protect your hands and help protect your opponent too.
The Size and Weight of Boxing Gloves
Boxing gloves come in a variety of different sizes and different weights. Although in many cases the size of the gloves relates to the weight – so that the larger the glove, the more it weighs – this isn’t always the case.
This is because well made, professional boxing gloves can be made to have the same weight as smaller gloves, despite their size.
To be sure that you’re getting both the size and weight of gloves that you require, you should check both these factors when you’re buying your boxing gloves.
The standard sizes of boxing gloves are:
- Small – 12oz
- Medium – 14oz
- Large – 16oz
In addition, some lighter and heavier gloves are available too, with professional boxers involved in fighting in a ring commonly wearing gloves that weigh only 8oz or 10oz.
Choosing the Right Fit of Boxing Gloves
As well as looking at the size and weight of boxing gloves, it’s important to consider other factors too when you’re assessing which gloves are the right fit for you.
Ideally, the gloves should fit well, without being too big on your hands, as too much extra room inside could make boxing tricky.
However, when you’re boxing, you’ll need to wear hand wraps too, so don’t forget to allow room for this.
To get the best idea of how the gloves feel when they’re on, use hand wraps when you’re trying out glove options in a specialist sports retail shop.
Ideally, it’s better to go for a snugly fitting boxing glove as they will inevitably stretch a bit with wear.
The classic style of boxing glove, as seen on professional boxers, are tied up with laces. If you’re choosing this type of glove, then the fit will be even more snug than other types.
Velcro closing gloves are now very popular, and mean that you can easily put them on and take them off yourself, without needing someone else to tie them up for you.
If it’s your first pair of gloves and you’re only just starting out with boxing, then this type is likely to be sufficient for your needs.