Boxing gloves are cushioned mitts worn by boxers during fights and in training, and were developed to protect the hands of the striker during a bout.
Using modern boxing gloves also results in fewer facial injuries and reduces the impact of the blow (versus the ungloved fist) but does not reduce the risk of brain damage for participants.
Boxing gloves come in different colors, styles and weights, and are often worn over hand wraps, which help stabilize the fist area against injuries such fractures.
The use of 10-oz gloves in lower weight classes can be negotiated on a fight-by-fight basis.
In all female contests boxing gloves are 10-oz in weight.
The Anatomy of a Glove