Glove at First Sight: Has the evolution of the boxing glove made the sport safer or more dangerous? – Boxing News Online

INSIDE a boxing glove
you will find a hand, a left or a right, wrapped in bandage, covered in tape
and curled into a fist. Inside the word glove, meanwhile, you will find the
word love, byproducts of which include safety, security and protection.

Protection: a boxing
glove is designed to protect a boxer’s fists and allow them to effectively
carry out the job of damaging their opponent. Security: this eight- or
ten-ounce chunk of leather lends an element of civility and control to an act
most would consider barbaric without it. It cushions blows. It reduces the likelihood
of cuts. It makes a potentially ugly spectacle a little less ugly. Safety: all
the safety a boxing glove offers is offered solely to the hands inside them,
not the face on the end of them.

Mike Goodall, a
fixture of the British fight scene for some 40 years (in roles as master of
ceremonies and the Managing Director of Ringcraft Boxing, chief provider of boxing
rings in the UK), believes the boxing gloves he handles when working on events these
days are bigger than they have ever been, in terms of the padding used around
the knuckle, but not necessarily safer. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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