If you are looking for the best of the best in boxing gloves, look no further than Winning.

Winning is a legendary company that have been manufacturing top-tier boxing gear for decades. They make everything from boxing gloves to punching bags, though they are mostly famous for their outstanding boxing gloves and headgear.

The quality of all the gear is top notch as is the craftsmanship, which is impeccable.

For casual and intermediate boxers, Winning Boxing Gloves are your dream gloves. If you are an advanced boxer or a professional boxer, you probably already have a pair…or three in your gym.

All Winning orders are made-to-order and manufactured in Japan then shipped to the US warehouse where it’s then distributed to the Americas.

Winning Boxing Gloves are not a common glove and certainly not a pair of gloves new or intermediate boxers would likely seek out due to the limited availability of the gloves and the high price.

But there’s a long list of world-class boxers who regularly use Winning gear — from the boxing gloves to the headgear — such as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather to name a couple from the long list of famous boxers.

These babies offer the best of everything you want in a boxing glove.

But you pay for it.

However, as good as these gloves are in terms of craftsmanship, quality, and performance, they may not be the perfect pair of boxing gloves for everyone, especially for those who are doing Muay Thai or MMA. But for pure boxers or those mixed art fighters who want to focus on boxing or just want the best padding & protection you can buy in a pair of boxing gloves, Winning gloves is absolutely the best choice on the market.

Now, before I launch into this review, I personally own two pairs of Winning gloves, a much-abused 8-ounce pair and a brand new 12-ounce pair I recently ordered.

Winning Boxing: The Last Old School Boxing Brand

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Winning is a real old-school brand; they eschew all those fancy features, designs, and hype that companies like Rival and Hayabusa embrace.

But Winning more than makes up for this with a meticulous attention to fine detail, quality materials, and a classic glove design that’s remained unchanged for decades.

Winning is a company firmly stuck in a past era; they avoid any marketing, and the official website looks like it’s from the mid-nineties. I can’t recall any such high-profile company that has completely checked out of the modern way of marking a business or product.

Look at the actual 2017 website for this global boxing brand:

 

Yet despite this marketing faux pas, Winning is STILL widely considered the best boxing gloves on the market, worshiped and revered by some of the best boxers in the world — and more than a few passionate boxers.

Why?

Because their gloves are the real deal. That’s why.

Winning Boxing Glove Models

There are a few different Winning Boxing glove models you can choose from which are the Professional gloves, Velcro Gloves, Amateur Gloves, and Bag gloves. There are also specific gloves made for juniors/kids as well if you are looking for small gloves.

There are a couple things to note before buying a pair of Winning gloves:

  • Stock gloves come in red, white, blue, or black
  • You can order custom colors, but these gloves start at about $300 USD, depending and you’ll have to order through their company website.
  • All gloves ordered from the website are made to order and manufactured in Japan

Winning Professional Boxing gloves

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The Winning Professional Boxing gloves are the most popular of the winning glove models. The distinguishing feature is that they are lace gloves. If you are a professional boxer, talented amateur, or you take your sparring seriously, then these are probably the Winnings glove model you’ll want to buy. The lace keeps these gloves tighter around your wrist, which makes them better for sparring, padwork, and bagwork (and everything else), but you will need someone else to lace them up for you. The gloves cost between $200 to $300

Winning Velcro Boxing Gloves

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The Winning Velcro Boxing Gloves offer the same build quality and craftsmanship of the Professional Boxing Glove model, but feature a Velcro closure instead of laces. This changes the bottom design quite a bit, though the same padding and protection in the front area of the glove remains.

Note that Velcro closures never wrap as tight around your wrist; for general training (pads, bag, sparring), these will work just fine — and they are a LOT easier to put on and take off than the lace-up model. I feel these Velcro gloves are ideally suited for general training while the Professional model is better suited for pure sparring work. The gloves cost between $205 to $285

Winnings Amateur Boxing Gloves

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These are the version of the gloves made for Amateur boxer competitions. Gloves used in Amateur bouts have to follow specific regulations (they have more padding). If you are an amateur boxer, then these are the gloves you will need to train and compete in. The gloves cost between $225 to $265

Winning Punching Bag Gloves

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Winning Punching Bag Gloves are a much lighter, much thinner more scaled down glove. These are basically lighter gloves that allow you to work on speed work while still fully protecting your hands. Normally, I’m not a big fan of bag gloves, but Winning does padding so well that these gloves actually offer you some protection.  The gloves cost between $95 to $120.

The Ultimate Winning Boxing Gloves Review

Let me state up front that Winning are my favorite boxing glove brand for general use (and for sparring). While there are a few things I don’t like, they are overwhelmingly good gloves if you can afford the splurge.

So keep this in mind before reading. This is not an unbiased review. I use these, and I love them.

I own Winnings, and they are, as of 2017, my primary boxing gloves that I use most of the time. I sometimes rotate them in with a pair of Cleto Reyes (for sparring), MTP Fight Gear boxing gloves (for Muay Thai), and occasionally Boon or Yokkao, but Winning’s are my go to.

I do in fact own two pairs of Winning’s;  my former pair an 8 ounce used pair given to my by a friend fell apart in Thailand after a year of abuse (they were already a year old by the time I got them). I recently bought a brand new pair of 12-ounce Winnings to replace my destroyed pair.

So yes, I’m biased.

What I will do in this review, however, is break down exactly what these gloves offer, how they perform, and try and give you as much information so you can decide whether you should spend the $200-300 dollars for these gloves, or just save several hundred dollars and get a more budget friendly, yet ‘good enough’ pair of boxing gloves.

And yes, there are definitely a few good reasons WHY you might not want to invest in these gloves, which I’ll cover near the end of the article.

For this review, I’m covering the entire Winning glove spectrum of models, but my focus of the review is particularly on the Winning Professional Boxing Glove model (the laced version) since this is the model that 90 percent of the people are interested in. And yes, I do own a pair of much-abused Winning Professional Boxing Gloves AND I have a new pair of Winning Velcro gloves. So this is a real review and you can consider this a review of both the Professional and Velcro models.

Images of my own pair of gloves:

 

Protection & Padding

This is where Winning gloves stand out as the best gloves in the world. Winning offer superior padding protection in their gloves and their headgear. In fact, Winning is usually the preferred choice of sparring glove used by pro boxers, due to the heavy padding. The gloves use a layered padding system where multiple layers of foam padding are laid atop each other which help to dampen the force and distribute it throughout the entire surface area.

Both the velcro and lace models have exactly the same padding though the design is slightly different as is the fit (laced gloves are more snug and fitted, as expected).

Winning Build Features

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The basic construction is consists of High-Density Foam, an Impact Absorber, soft premium leather surface and an inner lining made of soft nylon. The thumb is positioned straight out and there is a connecting bridge between the thumb and the glove to keep the thumb tight and rigid (and preventing you from catching your thumb on something when you punch).

Winning Gloves are often referred to as ‘pillows‘ by boxers, due to how heavily padded the gloves are.

This is a good — or bad thing — depending on how you like your gloves, the condition of your hands if you are the one receiving a punch or delivering the punch.

I personally consider this a good thing, though if you want to brutalize your opponent in sparring (or during a match fight), you might not.

Let me repeat this here: Winning Boxing gloves offer the best protection out of any glove on the market. They are, in terms of padding, the best you can get.

My old 8-ounce Winnings had more padding and protection when hitting the heavy bag than my 12 ounce Raja, Windy, Twins, and Fairtex gloves.

So the padding is seriously good.

Right now for general training, I use my 12 ounce and I can pretty much abuse any heavy bag I want without any wrist or knuckle pain. I could get by on a 10 ounce, but I prefer 12 ounce for general training.

You’ll find that different gloves all feature different sorts of padding. If you buy into the advertising hype that every glove company attaches to their product, there should be a lot of highly padded gloves out there.

But there’s not. And you don’t know what proper padding is until you put on a pair of Winnings. The padding quality is unique to Winnings: soft, pliable, yet still offering a new feedback spring when you hit something hard — like pads, the bag, or someone’s face during sparring.

Winning is one of the only glove brands where the padding is soft rather than firm and fully envelopes your hand, fitting like a second skin. The gloves fit — and when I say fit, I mean they FIT!

There is no ‘break-in’ period with the gloves, no vicious fight with glove shape over time by beating into your hand shape as you pummel hard things. These things feel like a custom glove made for your hand. The padding is soft when pushed, yet firm, completely holding your hand into shape. There is not a lot of flexibility or movement allowed when you try to open your hand in the glove.

Winning is the only pair of gloves that don’t bruise my knuckles when hitting a hard, unyielding heavy bag with 8-10 ounce gloves. Every other pair of gloves I’ve tried — and believe me, I have in fact tried most of the glove brands out there — eventually, give in to bruised knuckles after a hard session on the bag. Winning’s make it practically impossible to punch through the glove and batter your knuckles — there is always that extra layer reducing the shock — yet still allowing you to deliver damaging levels of impact.

Wrist Support

Padding alone is not enough. Padding helps dampen the initial force of a blow, but you also need wrist stability as well. A strong wrist support allows for more force to be delivered as you throw a blow (no loss in force through weak points) and also helps protect your wrist area at the moment of impact.

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If you have a weak wrist or wrist problems, you’ll feel this most keenly when hitting the heavy bag, especially you throw heavy left and right hooks.  I’ve been using a lot of Thai-style gloves recently, and one of my biggest complaints about the traditional Thai boxing gloves is the lack of wrist support.

Some of the gloves have a lot of padding protection around the wrist (helps against kicks to the wrist) but offer little in the way of compression support when you punch at an angle. Basically, if you punch hard things with angled punches, your wrist may start to hurt.

This is not the case with the Winnings. The stiff foam padding that limits your overall movement and the soft layered padding all work together to isolate your wrist and absorb shock.

One advantage here is the strong built-in wrist support allow you to get away with using thinner (or shorter) wraps. Hell, you can even get by without wearing hand wraps, though I don’t recommend this in general.

I’ve been using a pair of 8 ounce Winning lace gloves (MS-200 model) for a good year now and due to the time and man-power commitment required to properly tie them up, I simply just pull them on without tying the gloves up. Even in this less-than-ideal state, these 8-ounce gloves completely protect my hands and wrist while throwing heavy punches at the heavy bag. Hooks, uppercuts, overhand rights — you name it, you can throw it without worry. Now as I’m not a heavy weight, I would recommend heavier gloves for bigger guys, but the point here is I can’t do this with any other glove brand with hand pain issues after a few sessions like this.

My recommendation here is that if you have weak wrists, injury prone hands or you have serious power as you whale on the heavy bag, you NEED a pair of winnings to protect yourself.

Comfort

Winning gloves are as comfortable as they are padded.

Which means they are incredibly comfortable.

Again, Winning beats every other glove out there as the most comfortable of all the boxing gloves. Even better, you are not sold comfort for reduced padding; winning gloves are both comfortable and well-padded.

There are a couple points of comfort (and design) to note.

Thumb Area: The thumb area has a particular design unique to their brand. The thumbs stick out very straight, which make it exceptionally easy to pull a tight fist. You don’t need to fight with the gloves to make a fist, which believe it or not, you actually have to do with some of the other boxing glove brands. For me, this directly translates into keeping my hands closed more often during sparring or bag work which allows for a better punch and less of a chance of injury.

Soft Nylon Inner lining: One thing we often forget to make note of when looking at gloves is how the glove material feels inside the glove. I’ve had a few recent examples of Thai gloves where the inner lining is either missing or rough and scratchy. The Winning’s have soft nylon inner linings. The gloves feel good against your skin with absolutely no abrasion.

Soft Outer Leather: You’ll notice when you touch winnings, the leather feels quite a bit different than some of the other gloves. Rather than hard leather, the leather is soft — almost delicate — to the touch. If you push your finger down onto the back of the glove, you’ll see a slight indent and crinkle in the leather. The is a bit of ‘give’ to the glove which feels good to the touch (and also contributes to how the glove helps reduce impact when you punch something with them).

Snug Fit: When you pull on a pair of Winning’s, they fit like a glove should — like your hand finally has found it’s home. Really, you don’t want to pull your hands of them — they feel that good.

After using these gloves for over a year now, I have absolutely no complaints about how comfortable and they are. If anything, they are a bit too snug when you pull them on.

Potential issue to note: the hand compartment area is tight with little room to spare. This means if you wear long (and thick) hand wraps and / or you have big hands, Winning boxing gloves may be a pretty tight fit for you.

Case in point: It’s a real chore for me to push my wrapped hands in a pair of 8 ounce Winning Gloves; there’s a lot of pulling, grunting, and stretching to get the gloves on my hand. This may be alleviated with a bigger glove (say 12 ounce), but just to let you know that the gloves do fit snugly and tight. If you buy the lace-up versions and no the Velcro, don’t expect to easily pull on the gloves or remove them to take quick water breaks or to remove your mouth-guard.

Quality

Again, the quality of these gloves is top notch, In every area they stand out: comfort, padding, and overall craftsmanship.

The leather itself is soft to the touch. When you push down, your finger digs into the leather. It’s not stiff, hard leather, but pliable.

The glove stitching is very tight and perfectly even — even beautiful to look at. While the gloves have a basic design, they are still aesthetic

There’s not much here to say about the quality other than you really can feel and see top tier quality materials have been used and there’s serious craftsmanship put into the gloves.

Durability

With a pair of $200-400 of gloves, you better hope the quality is excellent and the durability long. Fortunately, the former is definitely true, but the later (durability) is a bit on the disappointing side.

Now, keep in mind I do live in Thailand and train 4-6 times a week here for 2-hour sessions. It’s damp and tropical with high humidity. You sweat often during training (and when I mean sweat, I mean you rain sweat onto your gear) and during the rainy season, it’s wet everywhere outside and often, inside the gyms (punching bags and pads, for example, are often damp). This means the gloves are continually in contact with moist surfaces and, with you sweating so much and the humidity, are often wet or damp most of the time.

This wrecks absolute havoc on the durability of gear down here in Thailand. And this includes boxing gloves which just don’t seem to last more than a year. However, I’ve had a pair of winnings for a bit more than two years now, and they have finally fallen to pieces. Most of the other glove brands have lasted me about 4-7 months of full-time training. So nearly 2 years with a pair of Winnings through some serious gym abuse in damp conditions is pretty impressive.

But, don’t expect your Winning gloves to last forever. I would say in dry conditions (i.e. not in a tropical country), you can reasonably expect to get anywhere from 2 to 5 years of the gloves, if you use them multiple times a week.

I have noticed that the Winning gloves, once they start to fall apart, they really start to fall apart. If one hole appears in the leather, that whole rapidly expands, and pretty soon large areas of foam are sticking out — which is what happened to me. I feel this is particularly the case with the soft leather that the Winning gloves have. Once there is a breach in the glove, the soft leather starts to easily rip. Again, in my case, the gloves were contently damp which degrades the strength of the materials I suppose.

Aesthetics

Winning opts for a rather simple, understated monotone color in blue, red, or white. The entire glove is uniformly a single color with white lacing, stitching, and two logo patches.

In an area where many of the gear brands are opting for over-the-top aggressive patterns and multi-colors, this return to a more simple, understated look stands out even more.

I love the design, and because the gloves are a simple color, they stand out all the more for it. The entire design though works together perfectly; the uniform design is such that the sum of all the parts are better than any one individual.

Now, you may want a more flashy design, but personally, I really dig the simple look. It’s a statement to the world that these are first and foremost a pair of boxing gloves, to be used and not to be displayed.

You can buy two versions of the Winning Boxing Glove: ‘Pro Gloves‘ which have lacing and ‘Velcro‘ which have the loop and hook design instead of lace up straps. Between the two designs, the Pro Gloves look much better with the white stitching while the Velcro gloves, to be honest, look a bit odd. The Velcro strap, functional though it is, just doesn’t flow with the whole design.

However, to really appreciate the lace gloves, you need someone to lace them up and putting them on yourself and getting them reasonably tight, again by yourself, is a real pain in the arse. If you just want a pair of gloves to hit the heavy bag, for pad work, and for sparring, I recommend the Velcro for ease of use. If you are a serious boxer or a pro boxer, then it’s worth looking at the lace.

The Price

Here is the real issue with Winning Boxing gloves: they are bloody expensive. The stock gloves start at $200 for 8 ounces and range up to $300 for 18 ounces.

If you want a custom design, the gloves will start at $300 and go up from there.

Ouch!

Most people are not willing to spend this much on a pair of gloves. I will say though that you do get some serious quality. But I’m not going to lie to you here and tell you that you can’t get 80 percent of what these gloves offer from one of the cheaper pro glove brands (like Cleto or Grant) which will be significantly cheaper.

However, if you want that extra attention to detail, comfort, and some of the best padding in a pair of boxing gloves, then Winnings will deliver this over the competition.

Make no mistake, buying a pair of Winning’s is like investing in a luxury car; you don’t need one to get from point A to B, but it sure makes the ride a hell of a lot more comfortable!

Winning Boxing Gloves Field Report Review

Since I own a pair of Winning’s gloves, here’s a brief review of how these gloves do perform in the gym that I’ve noticed over past couple years when doing bag work, pads, and sparring.

Heavy Bag Work Report

Winning gloves are MADE for the heavy bag. I rate these gloves superior to every other glove I’ve tried and owned simply because they offer the best padding that actually works, and the padding does not interfere with your punch feedback on the bag or pads, unlike many of the other glove brands with dense padding.

I’m not making this up either — you really do feel the difference when you hit the heavy bag; you still get that nice ‘crack’ and bounce when you punch the bag, yet without the glove suppressing your punch.

One of the biggest complaints I have when it comes to highly padded boxing gloves is that it’s unpleasant hitting the heavy bag with such. Try strapping 16 or 18-ounce gloves and start swinging at the bag; it feels like your punching power is sucked away by both the gloves and the bag AND you don’t get a nice ‘bounce’ or crack when the glove touches the bag.

However, you don’t get this effect with Winning’s WHILE still getting the shock and impact reduced to the point where your hands — and knuckles — remain unimpaired.

I particularly have had issues with bruised / sore knuckles after doing long sessions of bag work. Twins, Top King, Rival, Fairtex, Raja, Venum — this always happens UNLESS I use 12 ounces or higher gloves. However, I can hit the heavy bag with a pair of 8 ounce Winning gloves WITHOUT wraps on and have no knuckle pain.

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The padding is the real deal folks.

I would give these gloves a solid 10/10 for the heavy bag.

Pad Work Report

Again, same deal as the bag — these will protect your knuckles while giving you good feedback on the pad. I particularly like how the Professional lace model wraps tightly around your hand like a glove; I find this makes for faster, more efficient punching; something about the shape and form seem to give less air resistance. Whatever it is, I love the feeling of doing speed work on the pads with Winning gloves. This has not been the case with many other brands.

I would give these gloves a solid 10/10 for padwork. I like the slim shape and fitted form which let your hands fly.

Sparring Report

If you spar, Winning boxing gloves are the best. You might have your own preference for how gloves should feel on the bag and on pads, but when it comes to sparring you want three things:

  1. gloves that offer protection for your partner
  2. gloves that protect your hand from injury
  3. gloves that allow you to punch quickly

Winning allows for all three. And does it better than most (if not all) the other brands.

Don’t just take my word for it — many of the best pro boxers in the world spar with Winnings.

I would give these 11/10 for sparring. In fact, the professional glove model is MADE for sparring, offering the best padding out of any glove brand — something you seriously want when you spar.

These are, quite simply, the best sparring boxing gloves you can buy. Quite a few professional boxers just buy Winnings ONLY to use them in sparring, which should tell you something right there!

On that note, if you do want the gloves primary for sparring, consider investing in Winning Headgear, which like the boxing gloves they make, are considered the most padded and protected headgear you can buy. And you don’t want to take too much damage to your head in training! Warning, their head gear is pricey at about $400 USD on average. But if you are a pro or want to be a pro boxer or you value your brain cells, this is well worth the cost for the level or protection you get.

Here’s a picture of Manny Pacquiao sparring with Winning’s

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And here’s Floyd Mayweather sparring with Winning gloves:

Floyd Mayweather spars Tuesday evening. (Cory Olsen | The Grand Rapids Press)

If you intend to spar — and you engage in hard sparring sessions — I highly recommend Winning as the brand to go. They are soft, and they do have more padding, so they provide more protection for both sparring partners (it’s best if BOTH parties have a pair of Winning gloves when they spar).

Pros & Cons

Here’s my brief list of pros and cons

PROS

  • Superior Padding — the best out of any boxing glove I’ve yet used. These offer the best hand protection you can get. Especially noticeable during heavy bag usage.
  • Extremely Comfortable — the inner nylon lining, the soft outside leather, the form factor, the nice tight snug fit…all these work together to make the gloves extremely comfortable to wear for long duration
  • Best Gloves for Sparring — these gloves are a joy to use and offer the best protection during sparring for both the puncher and the punched
  • Durable — in the RIGHT conditions and treated with respect, you can get years and years of life out of your Winnings
  • No Break In Period – the gloves mold to your hand right away and don’t need to be broken in over weeks of usage. They fit and fit right.

CONS

  • the glove compartment is small — people with big or very big hands may find it a challenge to fit their hands + wraps inside the glove; removing the gloves can be a chore
  • the gloves are pillowy and soft — if you are a hard puncher, you may want to look at another glove (like Cleto Reyes) which offer you more impact with less padding. Winning’s are known as ‘pillows’ which may disadvantage you if you want the full impact of your punches to be felt
  • the soft leather material does not seem to hold up well in the tropics — my pair fallen to pieces after 2 years in Thailand due to the moisture and humidity. When you get one hole, it rapidly spreads
  • plain visual design –– if you want a fancy-looking glove, the stock Winnings gloves don’t offer that.
  • the price — these gloves will set you back nearly $300 which is a LOT to pay, considering you can get most of what these gloves offer for less than half the cost with some of the other brands.

What Size / Type of Winning Gloves Should You Buy

Should I Get Laced or Velcro Winning Gloves?

If you intend to spar often and you want the feeling of a nice snug fit, and you don’t mind asking someone every time you train to lace up and remove your gloves, go with the Winning Pro Boxing gloves. The lacing adds another level of comfort and fit to the gloves which the Velcro can’t match.

If you take off your gloves often between rounds or you just want a more casual training experience (you don’t often spar), get the Winning Velcro Boxing gloves. They offer the same protection as the Pro Boxing Gloves model but without the headache of having to tie up / untie the gloves every time you want to put them on or pull them off. Keep this in mind as it makes a big difference in how you will use the gloves. If you just consistently pull on the gloves without lacing them up properly, you are better off getting the Velcro gloves which will at least fit much more snug.

It it makes it any easier, I have a laced model but my next pair of Winnings, I will buy a Velcro. I find I don’t ask people to lace up my glove AND I often take off my gloves between bag/pad rounds, so it’s a pain in the ass as I am unable to do so with the laced version. 

What Size Winning Glove is Best For Me?

I’ve found Winning offers a lot more padding protection than other brands. This means you can actually get away using a lighter glove weight for general training while still having the same or more protection of a heavier glove.

For general training and people who are under 170lbs,  I normally recommend 12 oz for bag work and pads which offer the best compromise of weight and speed. However, you can use a 10 ounce Winning gloves, and you’ll still have a lot of protection — maybe more — than 12 oz gloves by other brands. I own an 8 oz Winning Pro Glove and can hit the heavy bag without hand pain.

  • For people under 170lbs, you should be able to do fine with 10 oz Winning gloves
  • However, if you are heavier (say 170-190lbs+) or a power puncher, I suggest going with 12 oz.
  • If you are a heavy weight or a powerful puncher, get 14 oz for better protection.
  • For sparring, get 16 oz because many gyms won’t let you spar with anything other than 16 oz. However, you could still spar with 14 oz gloves without issue, if you are allowed to.

Should You Buy Winning Gloves if you Train MMA or Muay Thai?

For pure boxing, Winning is one of the best glove choices, hands down. But for some of the mixed fighting arts such as MMA and Muay Thai, it’s a bit more difficult to suggest Winning gloves as the best choice. For the boxing aspect of each of these arts — boxing sparring, bag work, and pads — then yes, Winning gloves are fantastic for both Muay Thai and MMA.

But outside of the boxing-specific training, you do under these arts; you might be better suited to use a more sport specific glove.

For example, if you compete in Muay Thai matches, you won’t be fighting in Winning gloves — nor even have the choice of these; you’ll be using TWINS or Top King or one of the other Thai glove brands. Keep in mind that for Muay Thai sparring, there is a significant difference in the form of the Muay Thai gloves (more padding around the wrist area and more flexibility in grip for Thai-style clinch work).

As such, Winning gloves are not ideal for Muay Thai sparring that includes kicking and clinch. You certain can still use them for Muay Thai sparring or Boxing sparring (I train at a Muay Thai gym and use Winning glove, and I’ve seen a few Thai trainers gifted with Winning gloves by students use the gloves during training sessions), but keep in mind they are not IDEAL for clinching and absorbing kicks to the wrist area!

For MMA, there’s a significant portion of the training devote just to pure boxing work (though you will fight in 4 oz MMA gloves and NOT boxing gloves). Winning gloves can be used for this. But for the more MMA-specific training such as sparring with take-downs and submissions, you won’t want to be using Winning gloves, or any boxing glove for that matter!

The bottom line is that if you want to train Muay Thai or MMA rather than pure boxing, a good pair of Winning gloves will be useful in part of your training — the part that involves working on your boxing; but you should have another pair of more sport-specific gloves you can swap into when needed.

The Final Word

I’ve covered just about everything you need to know about Winning Boxing Gloves. These are, without a doubt, my favorite pair of boxing gloves.

Yes, they are pricey. Yes, you can get another glove from another brand that offers much of what the Winning’s do.

But you won’t get that extra little bit that Winning gloves will give you.

If you are serious about boxing, you want to be a pro, or you intend to compete, I do recommend you invest in a pair of Winning gloves when you can afford the splurge.

They will, if you keep them dry, last you for years. Even more important, they will protect your hands and prevent possible injuries — something which can completely derail your training if it happens.

And if you have weak wrists or pre-existing injuries with your hands, then you absolutely should get the gloves for the better protection they offer.

For beginners or intermediate boxers (or MMA/Muay Thai students), Winning boxing gloves are likely complete overkill. I recommend you spend your money on a cheaper glove because you won’t likely see the benefits Winning can bring to you over the other brands.

Unless you are training hard and you are a decent boxer (or you are concerned about maximum hand protection), the only benefit you’ll gain from wearing Winning’s is seeing the look of jealousy on other peoples’ faces who want to steal your gloves.But for serious boxers who want to do pro training or for passionate boxers who want the best gloves, then Winnings worth the price.

But for serious boxers who want to do pro training or for passionate boxers who want the best gloves, then Winnings worth the price.

Again, buying a pair of Winning’s is like buying a luxury sedan. You don’t need it to get from point A to point B, but it sure makes the ride a lot more comfortable while you get there.