Q: Hi, I was wondering what is the difference in power of 14 oz gloves vs 16 oz. What is acceptable for sparring and training? – Vy Nguyen
I’ll put it this way. I wouldn’t even spar with anything less than 16oz gloves. I don’t want to punch anyone with 14oz gloves on and I definitely don’t want to be punched by anything less than 16oz. In fact, there are some 16oz gloves like those Clito Reyes that I also wouldn’t want to be punched by since they offer less padding around the fist area than other brands. If you want to feel the difference in power yourself, just try both sizes on a stiff heavy bag and you will feel it right away. Unless you want less than 130lbs, stay away from anything less than 16oz.
A: The difference in the gloves is the amount of padding and protection for both your hands and the opponent you are punching at. Obviously a 16oz glove will offer more protection and therefore hit with much less power than a 14oz glove.
Save your hands and be kind to your opponent. My recommendation is to stick with 16oz minimum.