I know that many people wonder about the differences between Boxing and MMA gloves. There are actually many. Firstly sports are different and this alone changes everything. Below you will see vital differences of them, my experiences and at the end of the writing you will also find out which one delivers more impact.
Let’s start Boxing Gloves Vs. MMA gloves with striking differences…
Firstly boxing gloves are bulkier because in this sport you just punch. And knuckles should be protected all the time. The padding disperses the shock throughout the glove and as a result, your knuckles will be “safer”.
With that after you punch with an MMA glove, the padding will barely move. Even you throw your fastest punch, it actually stays almost stable. Whereas boxing gloves padding can change its place a lot. However, the padding returns the original state before the next punch. This is why the padding of a boxing glove has vital importance. Because if it does not return the original place quickly this can seriously jeopardize your knuckle and wrist safety.
That is really necessary because boxers concentrate on throwing punches and they need the best protection possible for their hands. So the padding is softer and its quantity is way more than MMA gloves. And the padding type is also very different. The shock dispersing ability of boxing glove’s padding is much more than MMA glove’s padding.
MMA has many striking, grappling techniques and this is why these are small and have way less padding. And because of some movements, the padding is also stiff and less.
What about wrist protection?
Well, here boxing gloves have certain advantages. Firstly the shock disperses just more throughout the boxing glove. Because boxing glove’s area and volume are way larger than MMA gloves. So the delivered shock to your wrists will be less while wearing boxing gloves.
Secondly, boxing glove’s wrist part is exclusively designed for making your wrists to stay stable. By the way, some boxing gloves have incredibly large and tight wrist closure.
When I wear boxing gloves I feel much safer with my wrists and I am sure that many of you felt that as well if you have tried both boxing and MMA gloves.
Also when you compare boxing and MMA gloves let’s not forget that we use boxing hand wraps underneath the boxing gloves. These help you to disperse the shock and reduce the impact even more. Also, these help even more for your wrists to stay stable.
I also know that so many people do training for just physical benefits and they are looking for a pair of gloves to use in their workout (heavy bag, double end bag, focus mitts etc.) And they want to have best wrist protection possible. Then you should definitely go with boxing gloves.
If you fall in this category, I highly suggest you to have a look at these best boxing gloves. I am sure that there you can find a pair for your need.
Which one provides more powerful punches?
There is actually a video which Bas Rutten throws punches with bare hands, MMA gloves and boxing gloves. And they measure the force. As you can expect that bare knuckles deliver the most powerful punch. However the delivered force between MMA glove and boxing glove is just so little. You can find this video below.
According to the video MMA glove creates more force. However I want to say something here. In the video used boxing gloves are training type boxing gloves. As a side note, these can be used in any training type including double end bag, focus mitt, punching bag etc.
However let’s not forget that there are boxing gloves which are exclusively made for heavy bag session. There are some researches for force comparison of boxing gloves for heavy bag and MMA gloves however I could not find any decent research. But based on my and many people’s experience; comparing to training type boxing gloves I can easily say that you can make much more impact with boxing gloves for heavy bag sessions.
However is it more than the impact of MMA gloves?
According to the research; the impact which is made by boxing glove, is 641 kg. And the impact, which is made by MMA glove, is 651 kg.
Of course I did not do any scientific research or could not find any decent research about delivered force of boxing gloves for heavy bag training. However, I can easily say that comparing to training type boxing gloves I can punch at least %5 – %10 stronger with a heavy bag pair. Let’s say that force of your punch is 300 kg. which is even less than 1/2 of Bas Rutten’s punch. The difference still would be 15 kg.
So I am extremely sure that the difference is way more than 10 kg. (in research the force difference between MMA glove and boxing glove is 10 kg.)
Note: Also people tend to forget that even though boxing gloves for heavy bag have more padding this is designed for you to punch faster so you can be sure that when you punch with a heavy bag boxing glove, comparing to training type boxing glove the force difference will be way more than 10 kg.
So in my opinion, the result for the force is below.
Force of training type boxing gloves < Force of MMA gloves < Force of boxing gloves for heavy bag
Obviously these are two different sport types and MMA also requires grappling. So MMA gloves are designed to do grappling so you can move your fingers easily.
With that these are also way more comfortable than boxing gloves. Boxing gloves can be tight and the liner can be stiff. Sometimes this can be a really unpleasant experience.
What about cuts?
Based on my researches this is directly related to surface area of the object. MMA glove has smaller impact area and also provides more impact so it is fair to say that MMA gloves definitely increase the likelihood of having cuts.
Considering these facts we can conclude that boxing gloves provide much more safety than MMA gloves and MMA gloves generally provide slightly more force (except boxing gloves for heavy bag). I hope that you enjoyed reading and if you have any questions, experiences please have a comment below.