Whether you’re new to striking or you have been in the game for a while, you want a good pair of gloves.
Your hands are important. You use them for just about everything in daily life, so while boxing, whether dedicated to the pure form, or practicing your boxing skills for MMA, you want to make sure your hands are protected, and comfortable.
First, let’s go over a few things about boxing gloves. Remember, some of this is subjective, based on style and personal taste.
A good glove will have full wrist coverage. Conversely, bad boxing gloves have poor wrist coverage. The glove should fit almost like how a hi-top basketball shoe protects and supports your ankles. The wrist extension should go well past the radius and ulna bones and cover up to the base of your forearm. This creates wrist and hand stability.
The fit. A gove may be high-quality, but if its size isn’t right for you, it’s a bad glove. You need to make sure that it fits snuggly, but not too snuggly. You should keep in mind that there is a break-in period, and the glove will stretch a little and lose some of its stiffness over time.
So, a glove that’s really comfortable right out of the gate might end up a little too loose after you’ve used them for about a month. On the flip side, some gloves tend to not break-in, so you need to make sure that you are ok with the stiffness levels and the fit when they are brand new. Reviews or salespeople can help you with this information.
Material is important. The best boxing gloves are made out of leather. That said, there are some synthetic leather gloves that are high-quality as well.
Another thing to note is the type of gloves. There are three principal kinds of boxing gloves, bag gloves, sparring gloves, and competition gloves. Bag gloves or training gloves are the most common type.
These are what most weekend warriors are going to need to get their training sessions in. They tend to be a little bigger, with more padding to help protect the hands from repeated abuse of the heavy bag.
Sparring gloves are closer to comp gloves, but they also tend to be loaded with extra padding, so there’s less chance of injury before a fight. Most sparring gloves are either 16 to 18 ounces, though you may see 14-ounce gloves used by extra small fighters.
The heavier gloves also help condition the fighter for competition. Throwing around punches with a pound or more at the end of our arms strengthens you for dropping down to the 12-comp gloves you fight with. Competition gloves are between 8 and 12 ounces unless we are talking heavyweights, who hit harder.
Heavyweights may use 14 or 16-ounce comp gloves. One of the main differences in comp gloves is they fully lace-up. This helps with a perfect fit. Whereas training gloves are more likely to strap on for ease of putting them on and taking them off.
3 Best Boxing Gloves
Lomenchenko Hammer by Venom | Training
These are great bag gloves. Venom was prior-known as an MMA brand. But they are exploding onto the boxing scene. Venum produced the Loma of gloves on his fight versus Teofimo but they also put out a Jorge Linares line of gloves as well.
At roughly 270 dollars, these gloves are not cheap. That said, they quite well made and will last. They come already with a broken-in feel because they are soft on the inside. Their one con other than the price is if you have small hands, you might want to look at different gloves. If your hands are average to large in size, these are perfect.
Grant Professional Boxing Gloves | Sparring & Amateur Competition
Many top pros use Grant boxing gloves. Right off the top of my head, I immediately think of Triple G and Floyd Mayweather. They’ll run you upwards of $400. I’ve seen the Pro Fight model available for as little as $350, but they are worth it. If you want a pair, you’ll have to contact them through mail or online and then wait a month or two.