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The Beginner's Guide to Choosing Boxing Gloves: Finding the Perfect Fit

Are you new to the world of boxing and unsure about which gloves to pick for your training sessions? Selecting the right pair of boxing gloves is crucial for comfort, protection, and performance in the ring. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Fear not! In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to consider when choosing your first pair of Cleto Reyes boxing gloves.

1. Know Your Purpose

Before diving into the details of glove selection, it's essential to understand your purpose for using them. Are you training for fitness, sparring, or competitive boxing matches? The type of training you'll be doing will influence the style and weight of gloves you should choose.

2. Understand the Different Types of Gloves

There are various types of boxing gloves designed for different purposes:

  • Bag Gloves: Ideal for beginners and for use on punching bags or focus mitts. They are lighter and offer less padding compared to sparring gloves.

  • Sparring Gloves: These gloves are specifically designed for sparring sessions. They offer more padding to protect both you and your sparring partner during training. We have the options of Lace- Up and Velcro.

  • Training Gloves: These gloves are versatile and can be used for both bag work and sparring. They offer a good balance of protection and versatility.

3. Consider the Weight

Boxing gloves come in different weights, typically ranging from 8 oz to 18 oz. The weight of the gloves affects the level of protection and the intensity of your workout:

  • Lightweight Gloves (8-12 oz): Suitable for speed and precision training. They offer less padding but allow for faster hand speed.

  • Medium Weight Gloves (14-16 oz): Ideal for general training, including bag work and mitt work. They provide a good balance of protection and speed.

  • Heavyweight Gloves (18 oz): Best for sparring and providing maximum protection for you and your partner.

4. Ensure Proper Fit and Comfort

A proper fit is crucial for comfort and safety. Here's how to ensure your gloves fit correctly:

  • Hand Wraps: Always wear hand wraps underneath your gloves to provide additional support and protection for your hands.

  • How they feel:  Your gloves should feel snug but not too tight, with enough room for hand wraps.

  • Closure System: Choose between Velcro straps or lace-up closures based on your preference. Velcro straps offer convenience for quick adjustments, while lace-up closures provide a secure fit but may require assistance to put on.

5. Quality and Durability

Invest in Cleto Reyes for quality and durability. High-quality gloves may cost more initially but will last longer and offer better protection, ultimately saving you money in the long run.


Choosing the right boxing gloves is essential for beginners to ensure comfort, protection, and optimal performance during training sessions. Consider your training goals, the type of gloves needed, weight preference, proper fit, and quality when making your selection. With the right gloves, you'll be ready to step into the ring with confidence and style!

Ready to start your boxing journey? Explore Cleto Reyes' UK range of boxing gloves designed to meet the needs of beginners and experienced boxers alike.