Advice on Buying Boxing Gloves

Selecting Boxing gloves used as a fairly simple exercise as there have been only a few options on the marketplace however this has changed considerably over the last few years with literally hundreds of styles and manufacturers to choose from.

The Role of the Boxing Glove

There are two distinct types of Boxing glove, competition and training. Neither of these hand protection types are actually made for use with bag or patches which you should use bag gloves for although you may get away with using boxing mitts and wraps for either however this will enormously reduce the lifetime of your gloves and probably damage the hands over time. Competition gloves are smaller usually weighing 10oz. Their particular purpose is to shield the users hands and arms whilst fighting as well as to afford some protection to the opposition from cuts and a proportion of the hit. Competition gloves are often of the lace up variety and afford a tighter more at ease fit for the fighter however in training this is much less practical hence ribbons up gloves nowadays being mainly confined to genuine competition.

Sparring gloves are usually between 12 and 16oz to permit more extreme sparring often full contact used in conjunction with headgear. As the name suggests the gloves goal is for boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai training.

Price Range

Boxing safety gloves RRP tend to be priced from? 35 -? 100. The average being around the? 50 draw. Price doesn’t always represent quality but will usually give you some sign however trusted brands are often an improved indication of quality.


Better quality gloves will use fully cowhide leather for all the key areas of the glove. Many cheaper or lower quality MMA hand protection use either synthetic materials or a low class leather or leather/synthetic blend.

The caliber of the strap/fastenings is an incredibly important area to pay attention to with boxing gloves as Velcro if left exposed may cause cuts and grazes to sparring partners. Make sure the Velcro is cuffed with a leather or synthetic piping.

Palms are usually leather although some newer designs are starting to use a “breathable” material to protect against the gloves rotting inside kit bags and enable faster drying after heavy training sessions. If you are buying in a shop check the mold of the glove if buying online look for a trusted & proven boxing gloves brand, many MMA manufacturers make a boxing glove to that market however most of them have no where nearby the reputation of established boxing brands and the quality of their gloves is not comparable to the standard of their apparel.


There are plenty of brands to look at but my first advice is to narrow it to one of some. Just about all manufacturers (with a few conditions notably Fairtex) are excellent at producing a certain kind of equipment but are not so good at other types. It’s good to identify this as must be brand makes good shorts doesn’t mean it will make good mitts as they are generally made in a different factory, normally a different country! There are many awful cheap imports made by manufacturers who have no idea about the game and just copy anything at all they can find. Seem out for brands which includes kind of pedigree in boxing or muay asian. Even some good manufacturers of MMA equipment may make good boxing mitts since they don’t have any real knowledge of the game.

Some good brand cases in the Boxing Mitts field are Fairtex, Leading King, FBT, Twins, BBE of course, if you can afford them Cleto Reyes.


If you the actual advice above then you mustn’t go too significantly wrong. Remember you may get a good match of gloves cheap but it is rare a pair of cheap boxing gloves will be good.