Recommended Boxing Gear
Everything on this page I use and I recommend you do the same. These are affiliate links so if my endorsement helps you pick something up grab it here.
Shock Doctor Men’s Shockskin 5-Pad Short Sleeve Impact Shirt
I bought this when I was looking for something to protect my ribs during sparring. It does an excellent job dispersing the force and because it’s effectively a fitted shirt with padding in select areas, your mobility won’t suffer. My injury healed nicely. It won’t stop the pain anymore than a bulletproof vest keeps a shot from hurting. But it won’t stop the damage. It runs big so whatever size you think you are, go one size smaller.
Winning Headgear Fg2900
This is the most expensive piece of equipment I have. It is worth every penny and probably more. It is easily adjustable, distributes force well (even taking a big shot in sparring, I’m never disoriented), the vision is superior and it stays in place on your head. That would be enough for me to recommend it immediately, but the thing that sets it apart is the fasting mechanism. Unlike other headgears that use metal that rusts or leather that eventually tears, by using a plastic buckle, you never put stress on it and its highly durable. I wasted 70 bucks on two other top notch head gears where I should I just bought this one first.
Ringside Groin Abdominal Boxing Protector
Cups are pretty standard. They have to at least protect the groin and to a lesser extent the hips. I picked up this cup because–unlike most standard cups for boxing–the protection does not extent around to the lower back and the hips are not as protected. What I give up in defense I gain in mobility. A standard cup is a little clunky, but I like this cup because the increase in mobility is very real. As long as you understand how to defend the body, this is an excellent cup.
Combat Sports Boxing Sparring Gloves
These are the sparring gloves I use. Some guys like to spar in 16 ounces but as a heavyweight, I spar in 18 ounce gloves. There isn’t a gym in their right mind that would have a problem with 18 ounce gloves for sparring. These are durable gloves. Durability is the factor I look for in all my gear, but especially boxing gloves. Especially anything with velcro instead of laces. Usually the velcro on gloves is shit, but these have been fine through nearly one thousand sparring session. The padding is excellent as well. A bit of a tight fight to break them in, but that is no problem as you’ll find your fist is secure when you make contact. In other words, if you break your wrist it will be because of shitty technique–not the glove.
Everlast EverGel Hand Wraps
In an ideal world you would wrap your hands with gauze and tape every session. Some fighters do. I don’t because not only is it wasteful, it takes a lot of time. On top of that, sometimes I want to go hit the bag alone real quick as just a work out and I don’t need to do a full prep. Still, I need to protect my hands. Especially as hard as I hit. This gel wraps, reinforced with cloth wraps, are just as good a tape and gauze wrap for hitting the bag and sparring. In fact, as an amateur I used cloth handwraps, wrapped around these. I have an average sized hand for a heavyweight, and I can fit as small as medium (I learned this the hard way, not paying attention to the shipping options menu).
TITLE Gel World Bag Gloves
Bag gloves, like sparring gloves, need to be durable. In fact, they need to be more durable because you will bit the bag a lot more than you hit a person. These gloves have served me well, but what makes them special is the velcro. I have all of my gloves (with the exception of the gloves I actually fight in) with a velcro so I can put them on by myself. Before I made the switch to velcro I needed someone to be in the gym with me to tie them up for me. And if I needed to really to go the bathroom I had to interrupt someone else’s workout. Twice–once to get them off and then to put them back on. With velcro, none of this is a problem. Like the velcro on my sparring gloves, it remains durable and functional after several uses and nearly two years.