Boxing Glove Guide

Does the sport I choose make a difference in the glove I use?

Yes, it absolutely does. The person who is practicing muay thai may use a different glove than someone who is practicing boxing or cardio kickboxing.

For example, for muay thai you may need to be able to grab and use your hands to deliver knee strikes. It is therefore helpful that your glove is flexible enough to allow you to open your hands somewhat.

For someone practicing cardio kickboxing at the gym it will probably be helpful to choose a glove that is thicker and has more padding – simply because hitting heavy bags and focus mitts can mean a lot of impact. You will want as much protection for your hands as possible.

A professional boxer who is getting in the ring will probably use a lighter glove and one in which it easiest to make a fist. In golden gloves and other competitions the gloves used are highly regulated, however, in general a boxer will want to make the biggest impact with their punches – that means a lighter glove. This will also make it easier to hold their hands up to protect themselves over longer periods of time.

You should probably invest in a good pair of gloves if you plan to practice: Boxing, kickboxing, cardio boxing, muay thai, mma (mixed martial arts), ultimate fighting, karate, taekwondo, jiu jitsu, judo and krav maga.