BOXING GLOVES - a starters guide

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Boxing has been a very popular sport for a very long time.  But, it's not only the athlete's ability that is important, but also the equipment that he/she uses that matter.  Boxing gloves are perhaps the most important thing a boxer needs to have before stepping into the ring.  Choosing the right pair is a must to ensure the best performance possible.

If you plan to step into the boxing ring anytime soon, you know that you must first have the proper pair of boxing gloves for you.  Before you buy your first pair of the familiar, red (or black) gloves, there are some things that you should know.

At Turner Sports we offer a wide range of boxing gloves.  Choosing the right weight and material is essential. 


  • Leather gloves

These are usually the most recommended.  They may cost a little more than boxing gloves made of other materials, but ultimately last longer as well as offering better support.  If you want to use boxing gloves strictly for a fitness class, the material may not matter, but if you want to train it is definitely important.


  • Artificial leather (normally PU)

 PU, or artificial leather boxing gloves are normally fine for starters or children who are yet to develop their boxing skills.  As the boxer develops speed, stamina and power the PU gloves will eventually need to be replaced with a pair of leather ones.


Most boxing gloves in the market have a standard structure; padding around the knuckles, a tied thumb and a closing mechanism of the gloves.

Boxing gloves of the classic style, usually seen in prize fights, are often tied onto the boxer's hands with laces. As with your shoes, a pair of gloves with laces can ensure a very snug fit.  For the club fighter this may become time consuming and cumbersome and not necessary for sparring sessions.

Velcro enclosures are another (and popular) choice.  The advantage to using boxing gloves that have velcro straps is that they can easily be put on or removed by yourself and without the help of anyone else.  In fact, for anyone who has tried to lace gloves up themselves and without anyone else's help, it is just about impossible. If you are just an average person who wants to use the gloves for general training purposes, then velcro straps are the ones for you.


The size of the boxing gloves that you choose is of great importance.  Gloves can weigh anywhere from 6oz for children to 20 ounces for the heavyweights, but those used in a professional boxing match are usually 10 ounces. If you plan to use the gloves for training, then the standard sizes are 12 ounce, 14 ounce, and 16 ounce. If you are looking for more protection, then a heavier glove is for you.

If you are going to use a 10oz glove in competition then you might find sparring with a heavier glove useful as it'll improve your speed in the competition ring when you go down to the 10oz glove.

Most people think they must buy a glove that fits their hand, but this isn't the case. If possible, put handwraps on your hand when trying a glove on. By doing this, you can see how the feel will change with the handwrap and if a bigger size is needed.

Our basic guide to sizing

  • 6oz   - ideal for children, from around 5 years to 7 years old.
  • 8oz   - a starter size for women; teenagers
  • 10oz - a starter size for men; second size for women; commonly used for competition
  • 12oz - starter size for men;
  • 14oz - good for sparring; use for practice; get used to heavy weight
  • 16oz - used by experienced or heavy weight boxers

The weight of the gloves is increased by putting more padding into it at the manufacturing stage.  If you are going to go full onto your opponent then the heavier gloves will give more protection.

Buy the gloves that are right for you, or advised by your instructor (if you have one).  Also make sure you choose the correct ones for your competition - your trainer should let you know.    


 The colour of boxing gloves largely depends on personal preference, club colours, sponsors logo/design etc.  Go for a colour that you are happy and confident with.  Our boxing gloves at Turner SPorts come in red, black, and pink

Safety first

When shopping for boxing gloves, also look for a great feature called a thumb attachment, or a thumb-lock.  Most gloves made these days have this feature, which helps to prevent thumb injuries or any accidental eye gouges than can occur during a match.

Wear a suitable headgear.  These are also available in leather or artificial leather and in different designs.  Please see our listings for details.

Some handwraps are very important for the protection and support of your wrists and allows the boxing glove to fit snuggly onto your hands.  A useful alternative to handwraps is some inner gloves which fit onto your hands like a normal glove and give the same or even more padding than the handwraps. 

Please remember to wear a groin guard when undertaking any kind of sparring activity. 

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