Determining boxing gloves size whether you are a pro or an amateur
One of the most common questions I get asked is picking the right size boxing gloves. Boxing gloves size is not an overly complicated topic but it does require a bit of research. The last thing you want is to invest in an expensive pair of boxing gloves that are overly big or overly tight. I put together a quick guideline that breaks down boxing glove types and sizing.
Training Boxing Gloves VS Competition Boxing Gloves
The first thing you must ask yourself is what you will be using the gloves for. Boxing gloves for training are meant to be used for training such as heavy bag work, pad/mitt work and sparring. Competition grade boxing gloves are designed to be used inside the ring for the sole purpose of competition. Gloves used for training and gloves used for competition are built very differently with a fairly big price gap between the two. Decide what the gloves will be used for before you get into actual boxing gloves sizing.
The different types of boxing gloves
Boxing gloves are not all made the same. A boxer will not be using a pair of muay thai gloves in his training and an MMA fighter will not be using training gloves meant for pad work in his or hers actual match. Here is a quick list of the different boxing gloves and their intended purpose:
Training Gloves: Training Gloves are meant to be used for pad/mitt work and heavy bag work and in appropriate cases, sparring.
Competition/Amateur Boxing Gloves: These gloves are used in amateur or pro boxing matches. It is recommended you contact your states guideline on glove size before researching what gloves to go with.
Mexican Style Boxing Gloves: These gloves have bubble a straight base with a large bubble shape in the knuckle region. These gloves are primarily designed for boxers and the sport of boxing but are sometimes found in MMA and Muay Thai gyms.
Muay Thai Gloves: These gloves are designed for muay thai fighters and kickboxers. They are also commonly found being used among MMA fighters and MMA training. Thai gloves are built much larger then traditional boxing gloves and are also padded very differently than traditional boxing gloves as well.
MMA Gloves: MMA gloves have a designed that is vastly different than a tradional boxing glove. These gloves are designed specifically for Mixed Martial Arts
Bag Gloves: Bag gloves are designed specifically for the heavy bag/punching bag. Due to the gloves minimum padding design, they are offer minimum hand and wrist protection.
Contact Gloves: These gloves are commonly found in the taekwondo, karate and the various other traditional martial arts scene.
Boxing Glove Size in OZ Measurement and What To Go with
The most common measurement for boxing gloves is in OZ. Boxing gloves are broken down into an 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 14oz, 16oz, 18oz and 20oz. Let’s take a quick look at each one and determine what size will work for you:
8 oz gloves: Recommended for Competition Use. Not recommended for pad work, heavy bag work and sparring.
10 oz gloves: Most Common Glove Size for Competition Use. It can also be used for light pad work and heavy bag work. Not recommended for Sparring.
12 oz gloves: Used in some amateur competitions. It can also be used for medium intensity pad work and heavy bag work. Recommended glove size for women and is not recommended for Sparring.
14 oz gloves: All around glove that can be used at medium intensity bag work and pad work. The gloves are recommended for sparring if you’re in a lighter weight class. Not common in competition use.
16 oz gloves: Designed for power and strength which can be used at a high intensity for heavy bag work and pad work. The gloves are recommended for sparring for light, medium and heavy weight classes. Not common in competition use.
18 oz gloves – Designed for power and strength which can be used at a high intensity for heavy bag work and pad work the gloves are recommended for sparring if you’re in a very heavy weight class. Not common in competition use.
20 oz gloves – Designed for power and strength which can be used at a high intensity for heavy bag work and pad work. The gloves are recommended for sparring if you’re in a a very heavy weight class and are prone to hand breaks. Not common in competition use.
When The Manufacturer Does not List Boxing Glove OZ size
When your shopping for boxing gloves, you will notice that some manufacturers will not display the boxing gloves in OZ but rather a small, medium and large size. Let’s take a quick look at each one:
Small Boxing Gloves: The average size of small boxing gloves is roughly 12 oz
Medium Boxing Gloves: The average size of medium boxing gloves is roughly 14 oz
Large Boxing Gloves: The average size of large boxing gloves is roughly 16 oz
Wrapping It Up
I hope this guide answered a few questions you guys might have had. With that being said, this guide should be used as a reference and not a holy grail to finding the perfect size. For example, some light weight fighters have very heavy hands that are prone to hand breaks. In that case I would recommend a 16oz+ boxing glove size despite being in a higher weight class. Lastly, if you are planning on picking up a pair of boxing gloves for competition, be sure to contact your state’s athletic commission and ask what glove size you will be using in your match. The last thing you want is to drop a couple hundred dollars on some pro gloves that cannot be used in your actual match.