Advice on Boxing Gloves

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  1. catalepticstate

    catalepticstate New Member

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    Hi all,
    I am new to this forum and this industry so please be patient.

    My younger cousin has decided to take up boxing and has not told any of his family. He's approached me to help him on his new venture.
    I know nothing about boxing apart from the usual general stuff.

    Anyway I want to buy him a pair of gloves and I have been looking online and the prices vary quite a bit. I do not know what to get and what size.
    I've seen some that look identical but the prices different and the oz is different. What oz would he need?

    Would you recommend getting training gloves, or just a pair of normal gloves, is there a difference?

    The ones i've seen on eBay are made by Voco Sports, I've never heard of them actually I haven't heard of any of them apart from Everlast? Does having a branded pair mean they are better or last longer?

    The ones I have seen are: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VOCO-Cycl...hash=item1a0aaef622:m:mIcc-MRb66RkUOmhLGyao1A

    Do you think they are worth it? Can someone suggest anything better?
     
  2. PityTheFool

    PityTheFool Everything for a reason

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    I realise it's a present you're buying so your budget will be limited,but weight wise I'd think about getting him a pair of 12-14 Oz gloves because what people don't realise is how heavy gloves feel,especially when starting out.
    I wouldn't rush to recommend a brand when you have a low budget but you're doing him a big favour in the long run if you get him a pair with some weight on them.Even 8's or 10's feel like 20kg Dumbbells when fatigue is setting in.
    Good luck to both of you anyway.
     
  3. Peter64

    Peter64 New Member

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    Better quality gloves will use 100% cowhide leather for all the main areas of the glove. Many cheaper or lower quality MMA gloves use either synthetic materials or a low grade leather or leather/synthetic mix.
    The quality of the strap/fastenings is a really important area to pay attention to with boxing gloves as Velcro if left exposed will cause cuts and grazes to sparring partners. Make sure the Velcro is cuffed with a leather or synthetic piping.
    Palms are usually leather although some newer designs are beginning to use a "breathable" material to guard against the gloves rotting inside kit bags and to allow for faster drying after heavy training sessions. If you are buying in a shop check the mould of the glove if buying online look for a trusted & established boxing gloves brand, many MMA manufacturers are making a boxing glove to enter that market however many of them have no where near the pedigree of established boxing brands and the quality of their gloves is not comparable to the quality of their apparel.
    There are many brands to look at but my first advice is to narrow it to one of a few. Most manufacturers (with one or two exceptions notably Fairtex) are good at producing a certain type of equipment but are not so good at other types. It's good to try and identify this as just because a brand makes good shorts doesn't mean it will make good gloves as they are usually made in a different factory, often a different country! There are many awful cheap imports made by manufacturers who have no idea about the sport and just copy anything they can find. Look out for brands with some kind of pedigree in boxing or muay thai. Even some good manufacturers of MMA equipment don't make good boxing gloves simply because they don't have any real knowledge of the sport.
    If you follow the advice above then you shouldn't go too far wrong. Remember you may get a good pair of gloves cheap but it is rare a pair of cheap boxing gloves will be good.
     

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