If you are thinking of taking up boxing, finding the best boxing gloves for yourself can be quite confusing.
You will see that there are several well-known brands which offer many different types of boxing gloves, and then there is the question of which size will be most suitable for you when you start to learn the art of boxing.
Selecting the perfect pair of boxing gloves is probably the most crucial choice you have to make before you get started. As well as negatively impacting your training efforts wearing the wrong glove can cause increased chances of injury over a period of time.
TheBoxingGloves understands that choosing gloves can be confusing for many that are new to boxing and for this reason to help you we have published our official TBG guide with all you need to know to get started correctly.
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How to choose the best size boxing gloves at TBG
When selecting the best boxing gloves for beginners and newcomers, one must first determine the correct size for their requirements.
Gloves sizes are offered in ounces (oz). Most boxers use 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz boxing gloves for pad work, punch bag training and for sparring.
The 10 oz gloves are the most popular size for speed ball and pad workouts, this is because boxers are usually working on their speed which involves shooting fast jabs.
When it comes to sparring most boxers wear 14 oz boxing gloves, except in the case of heavy weight boxers who would normally use 16 oz gloves for sparring.
For punch bag training sessions boxers normally use 16oz, 18oz and 20oz boxing gloves.
The size and weight of a boxing glove is determined by the thickness of the outer leather and by the special foam or horse hair layers of padding inside the glove around the knuckle, thumb and wrist areas.
A heavier weight glove will provide your hand with extra protection, but it may slow down your punching speed and reduce the impact of your strike.
Many beginners choose to opt for slightly bigger gloves just to be on the safe side and then they practise in working their way down towards competition gloves weight gradually and as their punching technique and boxing skills improve.
A key point here is that the size and type of boxing gloves which you should start off with depends on your body weight and the type of training intended.
Most boxers use 10oz boxing gloves for practising on their pad work and for speed or swivel ball training.
For sparring the best boxing gloves are 14oz for most boxers.
The vast majority of boxers use 16oz boxing gloves for punch bag training.
Again, if you are a heavyweight, weighing 85kg or more, or if you have more than average punching power then you should select slightly heavier gloves than those recommended above in order to protect your hand, and to protect your sparring partners.
A good pair of boxing gloves should provide a snug and comfortable fitting with your finger-tips reaching the top part of the gloves.
Always make sure to try them after strapping your hand wraps first. A well fitted pair of gloves must be snug around the strap area but must not be too tight, and you should be able to easily make a firm fist for punching without your hand feeling too squeezed by the glove.
With the largest and best variety of boxing gloves online, the majority of people buy their gloves directly from TBG or other websites which offer authentic boxing gloves, this means that they will not be able to try on the gloves before buying.
So, it is important to do your homework before you buy boxing gloves online.
A simple way to know your glove size is by measuring the circumference of your hand. See our circumference and weight chart below to know which boxing glove size is going to be best for you: