Boxing gloves come in a variety of shapes and sizes and differ in a number of factors. Quality, hand compartment, wrist support, materials and manufacture all come into play when you want to buy a new boxing glove. The key difference between most commonly worn gloves is the Muay Thai or western glove design.
A Muay Thai glove generally has a thicker 'oval' wrist support that is secured in place by Velcro whereas the Western style boxing glove is often a slightly slimmer and tighter fitting support but with less thickness. The reason for this is that the wrist section on a Thai glove helps guard against kicks which a boxer doesn't have to deal with.
As well as that, there are Lace-up and Velcro enclosure style gloves. Lace-ups are not as useful for sparring as they are tricky to get on in a hurry. Velcro enclosure gloves see far more use in the gym than in competition as they can be secured alone whereas you may need help with laces.
Whichever 'Style' of glove you choose, the majority of decisions comes down to brands. From RAJA to Fairtex, REVGEAR to Union, Rival to Reyes and more, fighters and trainers build loyalty to their favourite pieces of gear. Because of that, I decided to consult the North East fight scene and ask fighters from all over the North East and country to see what they thought was the best glove.
.............Jamie Taylor (BJJ black belt and instructor Middlesborough Fight Academy) - "From my memory I have always loved Twins and Fairtex. Mainly due to comfort and durability. I once wore a pair of posh lace up cleto reyes though and they felt awesome."
Dave from Eliteboxercise Redcar - "Winnings, grant, cleto's.... All pricey though, I've got about 12 pairs and the best fit yet (I've got kids hands) for price are the adidas 16oz..." Raf Voza (Amateur MMA fighter) - "For me it's blitz the main reason is it's cheap and it's a nice glove I have used other gloves like sandee and they kill my thumb but blitz is a nice glove and plenty of padding for sparring."
Nathan Court (MMA journalist and professional fighter) - "The best ones i've had are my 16oz twins specials. Really well made, comfortable and very durable. Had mine almost 5 years nearly and still in decent condition" Chris Spence (Amateur MMA fighter and kids MMA coach at Spartan Gym) - "I prefer lonsdale boxing gloves, they are such a good fit!! I know a few people who will recommend them."
Callum Cook (Pro MMA fighter) - "I use fighters only gloves mate which were giving to me from fisher. Very nice gloves well padded and fit very comfortably." Colin 'Freakshow' Fletcher (Pro MMA fighter, BAMMA and ex-UFC star) - "REVGEAR 10oz lace ups." John Beadnall (Ex-army, student at Middlesbrough fight academy) - "Reyes. They were the ones we used in the Army, plus the pros use them so they must be a decent glove." Andy Green (Pro MMA fighter) - "My favourite boxing glove would have to be my 16oz REVGEAR S3 because they are old faithfuls for me, I have had them for 6 years and I still use them now. I've used them for interclubs, pad work, sparring.... They are a tough time holding glove." Ian Malone (Pro MMA fighter, BJJ black belt) - "stop messing about and just buy Thai brands, FAIRTEX RAJA etc. are all good."
Realistically, the 'Best boxing glove' comes down to budget versus quality. A mention for Pinnacle by a fighter was a great indication that more and more fighters are seeing a sub £50 glove as a real option when the padding and qaulity is that good, as the REVGEAR value range has a great range of options which are great value boxing gloves.
From that price, you can only head upwards to the Muay Thai gloves.
Cleto Reyes used to be seen as the best of the best but many boxing brands have not only caught them up but surpassed them, especially when it comes to the padding and fit. Reyes may be the best known boxing gloves in the world but they no longer really hold the crown as best gloves.
Mentioned a few times above, Reyes are more expensive than most boxing gloves but gloves such as Union, REVGEAR, Rival and others now make better gloves for under half the price if we are talking purely about performance.
Where I might say Reyes remain king is with their 8 and 10oz fight gloves, made in Mexico and worn by greats such as Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. Whilst not priced for everyone, Cleto Reyes are arguably still the best competition boxing glove in the world at the moment. Worn by professionals, made from the best materials and known as 'The punchers glove.' however the REVGEAR F1 is an amazing alternative, on the Nevada State Commission approved list and under half the price of Cleto Reyes CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT REVGEAR F1 Written by Craig Thomas Boyle Thanks to all contributors to this article.