The weight of boxing gloves widely vary depending on whether you are an amateur or professional boxer. It also depends on how you are going to be using them as well.
Boxing has existed as a sport for thousands of years and was a sport included in the Olympics in Ancient Greece in 688 BC.
Boxing gloves are designed to protect a fighter’s hands when they punch and jab an opponent, or when a boxer is training or sparring.
As you can imagine, gloves were very basic back then and were made from materials like strips of rawhide.
Today’s boxing gloves are made from vinyl or soft leather and designed to protect the hands and reduce the number of facial cuts and injuries.
How Much Do Boxing Gloves Weigh?
Boxing gloves come in a wide range of weights and sizes from 4 to 20 ounces (113 to 567 grams). It depends on what they will be used for.
- Some boxers use them for sparring and these gloves weigh between 4 ounces and 20 ounces.
- Training or bag gloves are used to hit heavy punching bags and weigh 8 ounces to 16 ounces.
- Professional and amateur boxers require competition gloves that weigh 8, 10, 12 or 16 ounces.
What Is The Weight Of Professional Boxing Gloves?
When it comes to professional boxing gloves, there is no one-size-fits all solution.
Most professional boxers use 8 to 10-ounce gloves (227 to 283 grams), depending on their weight class.
- Lighter boxers, such as welterweights, may wear 8-ounce gloves, so that they can punch faster.
- Amateurs are required to wear heavier gloves, that weigh 12 to 16 ounces (340 to 454 grams).
How Much Do Boxing Heavy Bag Gloves Weigh?
Bag gloves will weigh anywhere from 6 to 8 ounces (170 to 227 grams) for youth who weigh up to 100 pounds.
For those weighing in at more than 175 pounds, 16 to 18 ounce (454 to 510 grams) are used.
How Much Do Boxing Training Gloves Weigh?
Weights for training gloves are between 8 to 12 ounces (227 to 340 grams) for youth.
For boxers over 175 pounds, the weights will be 16 to 18 ounces (454 to 510 grams).
~ Fun Fact ~
Boxing gloves are usually designed to be worn by humans. However, in 1949, this rule went out the window when an 800-pound bear fought an official boxing match wearing large boxing gloves and a large muzzle against a fighter called Gus Waldorf. Unfortunately for Gus, the bear made quick work of him!