Boxing and MMA are the most popular fighting forms in the world. Along with them, are the pair of Boxing gloves and MMA gloves specific to each subject. Due to differences in the rules and characteristics of each subject, the structure of the two types of Boxing and MMA gloves are very different. So what are the most noticeable differences?
1. Structure of gloves
In Boxing, boxers can only strike the upper body of the opponent using the punch. Therefore, the design of boxing gloves covers all the fingers in the padding, including the thumb. So when the boxer fists clench his fist to hit the opponent, the entire fist will be protected inside the foam cushion.
In contrast, MMA gloves expose the knuckles and separate the fingers from each other. Although the hands need to be protected when they are punched, MMA fighters need the flexibility of their fingers while performing the grip, object, and squeeze towards the opponent. Therefore, the MMA glove has an open toe structure and only covers the tip of the hand and the front of the fist. The palm of the MMA glove is also exposed, helping to breathe, avoiding slippery sweat when playing.
The design of the MMA glove also makes the MMA glove have a sharper edge, making it easier for fighters to create tears on the opponent’s face.
Punch force between boxing gloves and MMA gloves
Because of the difference in structure, boxers use boxing gloves and MMA gloves to create different punches in force. In one experiment, the punch force of a boxer using 641kg boxing gloves. Meanwhile, the punching force of boxers using MMA gloves is 651kg. The punch between the two types of gloves is not too big difference.
Many people think that boxing gloves thicker and heavier will release more powerful punches than MMA gloves. This is not entirely true. The punch depends on the skill, practice and level of each fighter. If you don’t practice your punches, no matter what gloves you use, your punch has no power.