Boxing gloves should fit snugly, but not too tight. The padding should feel as if it conforms to the contours of your hand and protects your knuckles from impact. A glove that’s too small will be uncomfortable and reduce performance. It may also increase injury risk by restricting blood flow to your hand and fingers, or be detrimental to overall safety. Although there isn’t one perfect size for every boxer, you’ll want the glove’s weight to match yours so you can strike with just enough power without putting unnecessary strain on muscles and joints.
Your gloves should be snug enough that they don’t fly off during training or a fight, but loose enough that you can easily remove them between rounds (for professional boxers this is between rounds one and two, and between rounds six and seven). The gloves should not shift around on your hands during training or a fight.
If you’re buying boxing gloves for the first time, it’s usually best to go up a weight class than down. If you buy smaller gloves that weigh 10 ounces instead of 16, you’ll be able to hit much harder without hurting yourself — but only if the glove fits correctly. If your new boxing gloves are too tight, they could hurt your performance and lead to injury over time. For professional boxers who wear 4-ounce fingerless fighting gloves or 8-ounce bag mitts during training, going up a weight class is acceptable but still not ideal because this their 16-ounce sparring gloves do not fit correctly.
What are boxing gloves for and what do they do?
Boxing gloves make it easier to hit your opponent without injuring him. The padding protects your hands and wrists, while the shape of the glove helps you maintain wrist stability during impact.
People who box use their fists in an activity commonly known as “hitting.” Hitting doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re trying to knock your opponent out or cause pain; it simply means that you’re training to improve your boxing technique by practicing specific moves (such as jabs, uppercuts, hooks, etc.).
You can improve the effectiveness of any punch by properly protecting your hands with good-quality equipment like high-quality boxing gloves. Without proper protection, even light punches can do lasting damage to bones in your hand or elsewhere on your body.
How to find your size?
The best way to find your perfect fit is to measure the circumference of your hand.
Measure around your hand at its widest point, excluding your thumb. For optimal accuracy, have someone else measure you with a flexible tape measure. If you do it yourself, make sure that all fingers are completely extended and not flexed or curled and that you use your dominant hand (usually determined by which hand you write with). Once you know your size, try on several different brands and models to see what fits best before making a purchase decision.
Quality boxing gloves should also be comfortable enough to wear for longer periods of time without causing discomfort or pain as well as durable so they can last as long as possible before becoming damaged or worn out.
You can also try on boxing gloves at your gym to see how they feel, but you won’t have the same range of options available as you would with online retailers.
Professional boxing gloves usually cost $70-$150 or more per pair — although this varies depending on their brand and whether they’re handmade or machine-made. You’ll typically only find handmade boxing gloves at specialty stores because they take hours to complete by hand, making them much more expensive than most other brands.