Choosing the right boxing gloves is among the most significant things that can be done to amplify the quality of your boxing skill. A bad pair of gloves can negatively impact your training and it can be irritating, aggravating and could even increase the risk of becoming injured over time.
Choosing the best pair of boxing gloves for you involves more than just walking into a sporting goods store and randomly buying a pair. By doing this, there is a significant chance you will not like the gloves and they will not be comfortable to actually hit a target. Essentially, they might not be able to provide what you are looking for in your gloves.
Ideally, you may need two pairs of gloves to cover different kinds of training needs. It is virtually impossible to find a single pair of boxing gloves that will be ideally suited for the different types of training required.
Kinds of Fight Gloves
• Training Gloves
These can be used in general training for pads and bag work. They can be classified as ‘everyday’ gloves and are likely to be the ones you use in training roughly 75 percent of the time.
• Bag Gloves
These typically lightly-padded gloves are designed for general punching bag work. The lighter the gloves, the quicker and longer you can train, while conditioning your hand. They are either fully padded for bag work or less padded for speed bag work.
• Sparring Gloves
If your plan is to mainly spar with a training partner, these are the ideal gloves as they are well padded. This is particularly so around the knuckles to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
• Competition Boxing Gloves
Typically, these gloves are lighter and designed for less fatigue and speed. They ensure your opponents feel the strikes. The specific gloves allowed are usually dictated by the type of competition.