BOXING GLOVES, THE COMPLETE GUIDE.
Boxing has seen a resurgence in recent years also thanks to very famous athletes such as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, and to a greater public interest in fitness; the result is that more and more people are getting involved in the sport.
But not everyone understands its complexity. For example, many people are unaware that the term "boxing gloves" does not refer to universal equipment. There are different types for different scenarios.
Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we'll take care of it.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know about the common types of boxing gloves.
We recommend that you pick up a pair of sparring gloves if you intend to box non-competitively, for skill building or for practice.
These gloves are heavier and have extra padding than competition gloves to avoid injuring your opponent unintentionally.
When it comes time to test your speed and skill in the ring, you're going to need PRO gloves.
The size of these gloves is determined by the weight category you compete in and you are only permitted to use gloves that have been approved by the organization running the tournament you compete in.
Competition gloves are also less padded than sparring gloves which will lead to faster and harder strikes.
As a general rule, lighter gloves allow you to hit (and be hit) harder, so keep that in mind when training for a competition.
Compared to pro gloves, the training glove has extra padding providing much more protection to the wearer. The appropriate glove size will also depend on the boxer's body weight.
Here are the general glove weights for the different categories:
Less than 54 Kg: 10oz to 12oz
54Kg to 75Kg: 12oz to 14oz
75Kg to 85Kg: 14oz to 16oz
90+ Kgs: 18oz +
Using the correct glove size for your body weight will help you get the most out of your workout, so make sure you choose a pair that fits you.
MEXICAN MODEL GLOVES
As the name suggests, this type of glove was popularized in Mexican training/competition.
The main difference of these gloves is that they are manufactured to be smaller and more compact than traditional boxing gloves.
Since these gloves feature less padding, they provide less protection for your hands. Amateur boxers should avoid this type of glove when training to reduce the chance of injury.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
If you have an instructor, they will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the use of gloves.
Those who lack the knowledge and want to start boxing training, however, will have to choose the gloves themselves.
So, consider the following as you make your decision.
DO YOU NEED TO USE KICKS TOO?
Many people train in kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA but don't compete in the sport. So, if you plan on using your gloves during Kickboxing, Muay Thai, or MMA training, consider buying a pair that has solid wrist support to help protect you as you block kicks.
CHOOSING BETWEEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOXING GLOVES MAY SEEM DIFFICULT
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Keeping the above information on the different types of boxing gloves in mind, you will be well on your way to picking up the pair that best suits your needs.