I am starting to train for muay thai / boxing, and

I would like to know if there is any weight restriction for gloves.

  • 4
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a shopping question, of a type that Stack Exchange does not cover.
    – Nij
    Oct 18, 2017 at 18:06
  • 1
    The answer to this question makes it clear that the closing reason is not justified. And question was never about shopping gloves. Oct 23, 2017 at 8:14
  • The fact that someone can give an answer is irrelevant to whether the question is of a certain category, be it on-topic or off-topic. The question here requests specific personal advice that will almost certainly never help anybody except the original asker, and that advice is on the particular items the asker should obtain. It is therefore a shopping question, is off-topic, and should be closed. Editing to make it a general question about the factors that go into making the decision, so that many users can apply the information in answers, is what could happen to keep it on-topic and open
    – Nij
    Oct 23, 2017 at 8:55
  • 1
    @Multitut I edited your question to make it more general to make it on-topic for the site, if you disagree with edit please roll back edit. Oct 23, 2017 at 10:28
  • @Nij Sir, I tried to make it general but there is not much to it, maybe OP sees this and changes something. Oct 23, 2017 at 10:33

1 Answer 1


There are two ways to approach this question:

  1. What the rules permit for your weight class
  2. What your training instructor recommend

The World Muay Thai Council's rules state in section 3.3:

3.3. The glove sizes for competitions are as follows:

  • The boxers between the Mini Flyweight division and the Featherweight division must use the gloves of six (6) ounces (132 grams).
  • The boxers between the Super Featherweight division and the Welterweight division must use the gloves of eight (8) ounces (227 grams).
  • The boxers between the Super Welterweight division and over must use the gloves of ten (10) ounces (284 grams).

The USMTA also uses rules listed above, with this addendum for section 3.2:

Gloves at 12 oz, 14oz, 16oz, 18oz can be used for higher weights.

The weight of the leather shall not be more than half of the total glove weight, including the internal cushioning, which should always be in good condition. The laces are to be tied at the back of the wrist band. Gloves with Velcro fastening may also be used.

So it seems that you'd need gloves of at least 10 oz. for competition - perhaps larger ones if required for your weight class.

However, you should consult with your trainer/instructor to determine what type of gloves you should use for training. Perhaps he/she might want you to use heavier gloves to work on endurance, or gloves with more padding for protection.

  • 1
    Sir I edited the question and if there is anything that you need to change please look into it. Oct 23, 2017 at 10:30

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.