What Size Boxing Gloves Do I Need?

You are new to boxing, perhaps.

And you are not sure what size gloves will fit your hands. So what should you do? How will you know what size boxing gloves should you buy?

That’s what I am about to tell you. Read on, if you are anxious to find out.

A Few Facts about Boxing Glove Sizes

When you go shopping for your new boxing gloves, keep in mind that size is a critical matter. They come in different ranges, from as little as 6 ounces for young children to as large as 16 ounces for heavyweight boxers.

In professional boxing, the standard weight of boxing gloves is 10 ounces.

And if you want gloves to train with, the standard sizes are 12-ounce, 14-ounce, and 16-ounce boxing gloves.

Here’s a Basic Guide to Help You Figure out What Size Boxing Gloves You Need

  • 6 ounces – Purchase this glove size for young children, those ranging from ages 5 to 7.
  • 8 ounces – This is an ideal starter size for women or teenagers.
  • 10 ounces – This is the ideal starter size for men, or the second size for women. It is also the standard for boxing competitions.
  • 12 ounces – This is a starter size for men.
  • 14 ounces – This is an ideal size for sparring gloves.
  • 16 ounces – This size gloves are for experienced/heavy weight boxers.

Padded Boxing Gloves

Boxing is a vigorous and often brutal sport. After days of pounding fists against skull and bone repeatedly, your gloves will begin to wear out, and when they are damp from sweat, your bare hands within the gloves will absorb more and more punishment from the force of your blows.

And in that case, if you want to have extra protection for your hands, you would be best served by heavier gloves.

You see, the more padding a pair of boxing gloves have, the heavier they will be. Gloves with extra padding are excellent protection for your hands. Of course, it’s also standard practice to wear hand wrap around your hands and wrists before you put on the boxing gloves.

Sparring Gloves

As I have already told you, the standard weight for boxing gloves in a competition is 10 ounces. But when you are sparring/training, it is advised that you use heavier gloves.

The idea is that your hands will become stronger and you will increase your tenacity and will draw on a deeper well of energy.

So when you are in the ring for the actual competition, your fist will be swifter. After being used to the heavier gloves, your hands will feel light and will swing cleanly through the air. And you will also be used to drawing on a deeper energy supply.

And you will not tire as quickly as you would if you were training with gloves the same size as your competition ones.

Shouldn’t I Use the Gloves that Fit My Hand?

There is a misconception amongst people that you should only use boxing gloves that fit your hand.

Not really. Most boxers use hand wraps to protect their hands from the potential injuries you can get due to the relentless punching at skull/bone. You wrap this piece of cloth around your wrist, palm, and the base of your thumb.

The hand wrap helps maintain the alignment of the joints as well as compress and give strength to your hand’s soft tissues during a punch’s impact.

So after putting on the hand wrap, you don your boxing gloves. Do this when you go shopping. Put on the hand wrap when you are trying on the boxing gloves available.

This will help you assess how your hand feels with the hand wrap on when you put on the gloves. And you will know if you need a bigger size of boxing gloves.

Final Verdict

As you can see, there are several factors you need to consider so as to figure out what size boxing gloves are right for you. Identify the factor most important/relevant to you from amongst the ones I have listed and make it the key determinant as you shop.

For instance, if you want extra protection, you will need heavier gloves. Ditto if you are looking for sparring gloves

You should also consult your instructor if you have one. Also, find out what size gloves you need for the competitions you will be participating in. The standard size is 10 ounces, but it doesn’t hurt to find out.

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