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Are Boxing Gloves Supposed to be Tight?

When I wore my first glove, it felt very normal and relaxed. After some time, I got another glove and it felt a little bit tighter and I was wondering that was normal or not. Anyway, years passed and I get lots of experience about “are boxing gloves supposed to be tight” question. In this short content, you will find the explanation of why some gloves are tighter than others and that is normal or not. 



When I had first Cleto Reyes Training Gloves, It feel so tight that I consider getting a bigger oz. I guess that I could are boxing gloves supposed to be tightnot be any more wrong. Before I had trained with it, I researched online and ask trainers, friends at the gym. People, who had Cleto before, said the same thing. “It is little bit tighter than other same oz gloves” and while I was training I got the best training with Cleto. So, that was all good 😉 After couple of years later, I had different gloves and it was obvious that some brands are just tighter than the others.

It might be a coincidence but in my experience, premium brands’ gloves are more snug. My most tight gloves are Winning and Cleto which are best boxing gloves I have ever used. However I am sure that there are really tight gloves which are completely useless 😉 If you want to know more about this a little bit tight and amazing pair, then check out the review of it.

Keep in mind that there are lots of brands, some of them will feel tighter than your previous gloves and as long as you choose according to sizing charts, then it will be okay.


Lace up and Velcro

Tightness also depends on type of the gloves. When you wear lace up, depending on how tight your boxing training partner tie them up, these can be more snug than their velcro matches and it is normal.

I hope you find the content helpful and if you have any questions or personal experiences related to the subject, please leave a comment below


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Reader Comments

  1. This article is very relevant. My daughter has just asked for a boxing bag to work out with and she needs gloves. We are going shopping when she gets home from college for Christmas break to try some on. Now I know! Thanks for clearing that up before it became a question for me and my daughter!

  2. Thanks for covering this topic Furkan. I suppose though that you do not want a glove to lose as it will not help you when you box. I guess you just have to find the right tightness that you are comfortable with.

    1. You are absolutely right. All of these have different tightness and design. Just get one according to your weight and after a few gloves you will find your favorite one 😉

  3. Hey, Furkan. Thanks for the great article. I recently switched glove brands since my last pair was really wearing out and needed to be replaced. When I put the new gloves on I immediately noticed a difference in tightness and was wondering if there was something wrong with the glove. I’m glad I stumbled upon your website and got an answer to my question before running out and trying a different glove!

    1. I am glad it helped. There are some things to consider and there are some pairs are just tighter. Due to the design of the pair sometimes it is just supposed to be tight like Cleto Reyes.

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