Do they really do more damage? This is a question that has been on our minds for as long as we can remember. As much as we love to think everything we do has an impact, there are some things that are just plain obvious. One of those things is boxing gloves. No matter how much you train and how hard you work at improving your punching technique, there’s probably something about your game that exposes itself when you step into the ring with a random opponent. Sometimes it’s their style—an amateur might have trouble with technical strikers like Floyd Mayweather or Conor McGregor, while a professional fighter might struggle against boxers who rely more on power and momentum than speed. Other times it’s how they fight—a boxer who relies on his hands and feet to win will usually land more punches than one who focuses solely on his jab and left hook. There really isn’t any good way to know if using the right boxing gloves will make you a better fighter or just make your opponent bleed more profusely for wearing them. Regardless of whether it makes sense or not, knowing this information about the effects of gloves makes choosing a pair even easier.
Do boxing gloves do more damage?
No, boxing gloves do not do more damage. Experience has shown that the more severe the blow, the less effective boxing gloves are in reducing pain and swelling.
In addition, there is little benefit to wearing boxing gloves if you are intentionally trying to hurt someone. As a result, it is highly likely that you will bruise or scratch your opponent.
What’s The Difference Between Boxing And Mixed Martial Arts Bouts?
- Boxing is a sport that uses punches, kicks, and elbows to score points. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a sport that includes all the techniques of boxing, plus takedowns, grappling and submission holds.
- There are no weight classes in boxing; fighters compete in their own weight class. In MMA, we have weight classes for each belt: Featherweight (145 lbs), Lightweight (155 lbs), Welterweight (170 lbs), and Middleweight (185 lbs).
- The scoring system in boxing is different from the scoring system in MMA because there are judges to score each round of the match and they stop the fight when they see fit. In MMA we do not use judges or referees to stop the fight if one fighter is clearly dominating or if one fighter is clearly losing; instead, we rely on medical staff to assess a fighter’s condition and call for an end to the match if necessary.
- In boxing you can only win by knocking out your opponent or by decision them, which means that you must win by either knockout or decision after three rounds of fighting with 10-minute breaks between rounds. In MMA you can win by knockout or submission which means that you must win within 30 seconds after your opponent makes contact with you – or by decision your opponent – which means that you must win by either submission or decision after three rounds of fighting with 10-minute breaks between rounds.
- The aim of boxing is to knock your opponent down. The aim of MMA is to take your opponent down, control them, and submit them or force them to submit using strikes or chokes.
- In boxing the gloves are made from leather and are stiffer than in MMA because the gloves must protect the fighter’s hands and wrists from injury. There are no weight classes in MMA so we make gloves that are lighter and softer than those used in boxing which makes it easier for fighters to move their hands around during sparring sessions but also makes it harder for fighters to punch their opponents as hard as they would like because they cannot generate as much power when they punch their opponents in training.
- Boxing has weight classes; MMA uses weight classes for each belt: Featherweight (145 lbs), Lightweight (155 lbs), Welterweight (170 lbs), and Middleweight (185 lbs).
How Can Wearing Boxing Gloves Make You A Better Fighter?
- The gloves can make a fighter punch harder because the gloves allow you to use more of your arm muscles to punch.
- The gloves can make a fighter move their hands around more easily because they are lighter and softer than boxing gloves, which means that fighters can move their hands around during sparring sessions with no risk of injuring their hands and wrists.
- Boxing gloves are much stronger than MMA gloves so they can provide better protection for the hands, wrists, and forearms in MMA fights.
- If you wear boxing gloves when you spar, it will help you develop your punching skills because it will make it easier for you to land punches on your opponent when he is standing still instead of moving around like he does when he is in training with MMA gloves on and therefore if you have better punching skills than your opponent, then in the fight it will be that much easier for you to knock him down or even knock him out using punches that come from unexpected angles (which is a technique used by boxers) because he won’t be able to evade them as easily as he does when wearing MMA gloves.
- If a boxer has good punching skills but wears MMA gloves when he spars, then in his fight against an opponent who has better punching skills but wears MMA gloves too, then the boxer’s opponent will be able to land more punches on him than usual because they will be able to hit him harder with their punches while he is wearing MMA gloves just like how an MMA fighter can hit an MMA fighter wearing MMA gloves harder than he would if he only wore boxing gloves.
- Boxing gloves are safer than MMA gloves because they are safer for the hands and wrists and therefore they will be safer for the fighters in MMA fights.
What Happens When You Stop Wearing Boxing Gloves?
- When you stop wearing boxing gloves, your punches will be less powerful and you will be a lot less accurate because you won’t be able to use as much of your arm muscles and therefore you will not be able to generate as much power or accuracy in your punches.
- The lighter the gloves are, the easier it is for the opponent to hit you harder because he can move his hands around more easily and he can punch from unexpected angles which mean that he will be able to land more punches on you than usual.
- If a boxer stops wearing boxing gloves when he is sparring with his MMA training partner then it is likely that his training partner will get better at hitting him harder than usual because they will have been sparring with each other for longer and they won’t have been wearing boxing gloves during their sessions together which means that their training sessions have been shorter than usual and therefore their sparring has been less intense which means that their training partners have had less time to practice hitting each other hard during those short sessions of sparring.
- If a boxer stops wearing boxing gloves when he is fighting against an opponent who has stopped using MMA gloves too then the boxer’s opponent will be able to land more punches on him than usual just like how an MMA fighter can hit an MMA fighter wearing MMA gloves harder than he would if he only wore boxing gloves because they won’t have been wearing MMA gloves while they were fighting too so if the boxer’s opponent has good punching technique then he will be able to punch him harder than usual with his boxing gloves.
- If a boxer stops wearing boxing gloves when he is fighting against an opponent who has stopped wearing MMA gloves as well then the boxer’s opponent will be able to land more punches on him than usual just like how an MMA fighter can hit an MMA fighter wearing MMA gloves harder than he would if he only wore boxing gloves because they won’t have been wearing MMA gloves while they were fighting too so if the boxer’s opponent has good punching technique then he will be able to punch him harder than usual with his boxing gloves just like how an MMA fighter can hit an MMA fighter wearing MMA gloves harder than he would if he only wore boxing gloves.
There’s no easy way to tell if wearing boxing gloves will make you a better fighter. All you can do is try out different pairs to see what works best for you and your style of boxing. If you’re a fitness freak who wants to maximize the impact of every punch, then, by all means, go for the heavy leather gloves. If you’re more of a wild and crazy type who loves to have a good time, the more flexible rubber gloves might be more your speed. Regardless of which pair you choose, make sure they fit well and protect your hands well while doing so.