However experienced you may be as a boxer the consistent impact that your hands endure during a training session or while sparring with a partner will gradually take its toll. This is especially true for female boxers, simply because women tend to have smaller and slimmer hands that sustain more damage than larger male hands. Badly protected hands can lead to small fractures, broken fingers, strains, bruising and in the long-term arthritic conditions.
Having a comfortable well-fitting pair of ladies boxing gloves is vital for every boxer, not only to reduce impact damage but also for better speed during competitions and to help during training. Standard boxing gloves range from 8 to 22 ounces with the 12 ounce weight being the most commonly chosen standard for many female boxers. During a fight many opt for an 8 ounce pair as this helps give them more speed; on the other hand a heavier glove is preferred for training sessions as the extra weight provides resistance which builds both strength and agility.
A brief look at the different sport gloves
The choice of boxing gloves available to you depends entirely on the type of sport that you have chosen to take part in, whether it is standard boxing, kickboxing or mixed martial arts the elements of each glove will differ slightly. Standard boxing gloves for example cover the whole hand and come in a range of various weights and shapes; as well as those made specifically for different areas of the sport such as match training, competitions, heavy bag punching and lighter speed bag practice. There is also the martial art boxing gloves which tend to be more flexible so that the opponent can be grabbed or held, these are usually made from lighter materials with less padding.
Things consider when choosing female boxing gloves
Fighting or training
In terms of standard female boxing gloves there is a difference between gloves for training and those for fights. Firstly training gloves tend to be heavier to give the boxer extra resistance to improve their punches; there is a heavier version with thicker padding for heavy bag training and a lighter thinner skinned variety used for speed ball punching. When it comes to competitions and sparring, boxers tend to go for high quality lighter gloves that allow them to swing faster; the most popular fight glove weight for both males and females is 8 ounces. bag gloves vs sparring gloves
Size and weight
Most people mix up the size and weight believing them to be the same thing, but they are not directly connected at all. When selecting a decent pair of boxing gloves you’ll need to take both of these measurements into consideration. The weight of glove that you choose will depend on what you intend to use them for e.g. fighting or training and the size of the glove will depend on which fits your hand the best. Overall the glove should fit snugly around your hand without any slipping when your fist connects with an opponent or a bag; also bear in mind that there should also be enough room for hand wraps.
Lace ups or Velcro straps
As a rule of thumb boxing gloves need to be tight to ensure protection and give you comfort during a fight. In the past all gloves were lace ups, but manufacturers decided to design a new form of glove with Velcro wrap around wrist straps that were easy to put on and take off. There is no doubt that lace ups offer a much tighter fit than Velcro so are recommended for competitions, though when in the boxing club Velcro straps offer more convenience.