Boxing is a contact sport that can be quite violent. It is therefore important to be well equipped in order to avoid injuring yourself, or injuring your sparring partners during your training. Indeed, we no longer count the number of boxers, beginners or confirmed, who ended up in the emergency room following an injury due to a bad blow.
Essential equipment during training or combat, boxing gloves are THE protection not to be overlooked. You can find our guide that will help you choose the size of your boxing gloves here: Boxing gloves – Which size to choose?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 10, 12, 14 AND 16 OZ (OZ) BOXING GLOVES?
The main difference is the amount of padding in the glove. Boxing gloves are sized by weight in ounces (oz), not height. 12 ounces, 14 ounces and 16 ounces are the traditional boxing glove weights. The weight of each glove is measured in ounces, which indicates the amount of padding present between your hand and the opponent (or the punching bag). A lighter boxing glove is better suited for training, while a heavier boxing glove is better suited for sparring or sparring.
HOW MANY OUNCES SHOULD MY BOXING GLOVES WEIGHT?
The optimal weight for your boxing gloves is determined by your height and the type of boxing you plan to practice . Both men and women should choose their boxing glove size based on their weight class rather than their gender. Depending on the boxer's weight class, here is some basic sizing information:
ON THE PUNCHING BAG :
Under 45 kg (including children): 6-8 oz gloves
45 – 55 kg: 10 oz gloves
55-70 kg: 12 oz gloves
70 -80 kg: 14 oz gloves
80+ kg: 16+ oz gloves
It is recommended that boxers go up one size (2 ounces) when sparring or sparring to ensure safety and comfort when boxing. If you're not sure exactly what you'll be using the gloves for, a 12 or 14 ounce size is a good place to start. To choose, you can consult our comparison of the best affordable boxing gloves on the market (the best boxing gloves).
You can also choose a glove size depending on the level of training you want. As a larger glove weighs more, reaching up and hitting the bag takes more effort. Try going up a size to train with a thicker glove if you're looking to build muscle and increase endurance. Try decreasing the size to improve your output if you are trying to improve your speed.
DOES A HEAVIER GLOVE HIT HARDER?
No ! A heavier glove does not hit harder or cause more damage to the opponent. Choosing a thicker glove is less about inflicting damage on the opponent and more about keeping you and your partner safe.
Thicker gloves have extra padding, which is designed to lessen the shock of a hard hit when hitting with your body weight. If you want to hit harder, work on refining your technique rather than increasing the size of your gloves. Check out the best punch bag workouts here if you want to improve your form and try out some exercises and workouts.