If you are just getting started in the sport of boxing, you may be a bit confused by the different sizing options available for boxing gloves.
Companies size bag gloves with a standard Small/Medium/Large scale, which seems simple enough. But then you get into sparring gloves and Competition Gloves and suddenly the gloves are sized by weight.
Because of this, it can be difficult to know what size glove you need for Boxing (Which is also called ‘ Boxe ’ in French).
We aim to help you make sense of the different sizing conventions and figure out which size glove will meet your needs.
Before we begin detailing how to find the right size glove for you, we wanted to explain a bit about how the boxing world arrived at the current sizing model.
The History of Boxing Glove Weights
Boxing gloves were manufactured far differently in the old days.
To understand why Boxing Gloves are sized by weight, you have to understand the production of early boxing gloves.
In the old days, before foam padding but after bare hands wrapped in leather, boxing gloves used horsehair filling to provide padding. Manufacturers had no way of ensuring that each glove had the same amount of fill material, other than by weighing it.
So an 8 oz glove would have the same amount of horsehair padding stuffed into it as any other 8 oz glove. This ensured that any two gloves of the same weight would essentially provide the same level of protection.