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Boxing is a beautiful sport. If you felt inspired to start boxing after watching professionals fight you need boxing equipment. You might be asking what equipment do you need for boxing. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article we are going to go through everything you need to get started in boxing.

Why Should You Do Boxing?

Boxing is one of the most challenging but rewarding sports to do. If you’re first starting out it can be really hard but once you carry on going, you build your fitness. It’s like Pringles. Once you pop, you can’t stop!

Not only that but boxing actually increases confidence and self esteem. As time goes on your skill will get better and you will become a better boxer and because of that you will your confidence will naturally increase. When your skill increases at something people tend to naturally become more confident at doing something.

As much as people think of boxing as a physical sport, there is a massive mental aspect to it.

The sport of boxing is probably one of the most physically demanding sports and helps improve overall athleticism and fitness. Tons of people have made phenomenal transformations by doing boxing training.

In fact this guy lost 96 pounds in 11 months doing just boxing training. Tyson Fury lost 130 pounds in just over 12 months preparing for his comeback to boxing. They are not the only ones, there’s tons of people who can credit give credit to boxing.

Not only does boxing help physically but it’s also proven to deal with and help overcome depression.

Many people in the past have used boxing as a way to overcome depression. While you are doing boxing your mind is preoccupied and concentrating on boxing. Its focused on something else. As well as that while doing a boxing workout your brain releases endorphins which are hormones that basically make you feel good.

In fact Prince Harry used boxing as a way to overcome depression when his mother, Princess Diana, tragically passed away.

Research has also shown that boxing helps people with Parkinson’s and helps patients of Parkinson’s feel relief from the pain.

There are so many reasons you should do boxing, check out our article for more reasons why you should take up boxing.

What equipment do you need for boxing?

Some of the equipment you need is for the safety of your and your opponent. These are the things we recommend you get if you are serious about boxing.

Head guard 

If you are going to get started in boxing you need a good head guard. You want to protect that noggin so you need a top quality head guard. Good thing we do head guards. Amazing head guards at that as well. They offer full protection for your head, are super comfortable and we offer full customization.

If you are doing just bag work or mitt work then you won’t need a head guard.

Are you sparring? Then you will need a head guard. If you are a beginner, it is highly recommend that you wear a head guard.

Head guards protect your head and absorb any impact from punches to the head.

Gum shield 

If you are sparring you need a gum shield. If you get punched in the face (it doesn’t hurt as much as you would think), you want your teeth to be protected. A quality gum shield offers adequate protection that your teeth and gums will need.

Gum Shields are essential if you want to spar. You don’t want to lose all your teeth if someone hits you in the face do you? (that’s a joke by the way!)

Obviously you don’t need a gum shield when sparring but you definitely will want to wear one when you are sparring, otherwise you might be holding some of your teeth in your hand!

Hand wraps 

Boxers wear hand wraps underneath their boxing gloves so they get added support for their wrists and hands. Hands for a boxer are the tools of the trade for boxers. They use their hands the most. To punch, to defend and so much more. So it makes sense that you protect them the most.

If you injure your hands or something happens to them during training, you’ll be out of action for a little while until your hands recover.

Hand wraps act as a layer of protection and support before you actually wear your gloves. Pro boxers and amateurs always wear hand wraps underneath their gloves.

Hand wraps are pretty inexpensive and a good pair of hand wraps can be bought relatively cheap. However if you are serious about boxing then we recommend getting Fortress fast wraps. They offer unrivaled hand protection and are much quicker to put on. They can be a bit pricey but its definitely worth it if you do boxing regularly and are serious.

Boxing gloves

The main tools. Boxing without boxing gloves is like playing golf without a golf club or playing football (or soccer) without a football. It just doesn’t work.

Boxing gloves add a tremendous amount of protection to your hands. They’re there to give you the added protection so you don’t break any bones in your hands. Your hands are very fragile so you need to give it the proper protection it needs.

We have you fully covered when it comes to boxing gloves. Fortis Renegade boxing gloves offer exquisite protection and fully protect your hands and knuckles.

Beautiful gloves, unrivaled protection.

Renegade gloves have double straps so they add phenomenal protection for your wrists. Not only that but they are made using goat skin leather and are super durable.

You never want to use cheap, flimsy gloves as they could harm your hands when punching. They do more harm then they do good and they’ll rip in a month or two. But with the Renegade gloves we only use the very best leather.

If you prefer to have some boxing gloves custom made for you, we can design and manufacture them for you. They will be custom to how you want them and will have the design and style you prefer. Whatever size you want or if you want laced gloves or velcro, we have you covered.

However you want, we can do it.

Lace up vs Velcro

The two most common boxing gloves you can get are either lace up or velcro. There’s pros and cons to both glove styles. Lace up gloves are generally used more for sparring as they provide more of tighter fight and are slightly longer than velcro gloves.

With laced gloves you can tighten them up to how you want. They are mostly used by professional boxers and you probably won’t see many beginners wearing them. Lace up gloves do offer more padding in the wrist

Velcro gloves or hook and loop gloves are easier to put on and take off and are quicker to put on. You’re also able to put them on yourself without the aid of a friend. However with lace up gloves, it takes slightly longer to put them and you will need the help of someone else to tighten the second glove.

If you’re a beginner or just do boxing for fitness then it’s recommended you use Velcro/hook and loop gloves. If you’re more serious about boxing then get a lace up pair of gloves.

What size do I need?

Boxing gloves come in different weight sizes. The size of the glove is based on the boxers own weight. So the heavier the boxer is the bigger gloves they’ll need.

When sparring 16oz gloves are the standard. They have the right amount of padding and protection to protect you and your opponent properly. If you want to do bag work or mitt work then you can use whichever size you prefer.

Boxing gloves weight is measured in ounces (oz), if you’re wondering which size do I need check out the table below.

Boxer’s Weight Hand Circumference Without Wrap Weight
90-120 lbs. 5.5″ – 6.5″ 12 oz
120-150 lbs. 6.5″ – 7.5″ 14 oz
150-185 lbs. 7.5″ – 8.5″ 16 oz
185 lbs & over 8.5″ – 9.5″ 18 oz

Groin Protector

Groin guards are just that. To protect your lower area and help with mobility and flexibility. When you are sparring as well as a head guard, gum shield and boxing gloves we do recommend wearing a groin guard.

You’d be surprised to hear how many times a low blow happens in an intense sparring session. And if you’re a male, you definitely know how much it hurts when you get hit in the groin. Wouldn’t even wish that sort of pain on my worst enemy!

If you are sparring you’ll need a groin guard, if not then one won’t be required.

Boxing shoes

You might be asking yourself, why can’t I just wear running trainers? Aren’t they just good enough?

The answer to that is no. Running shoes are just that. They are designed for running, while boxing shoes are specifically designed for boxing. If you’re serious about boxing it’s good to invest in a pair of boxing shoes. Boxing shoes have the right amount of grip for you to be able to slip, pivot and do all your footwork.

Not only that but they are designed to be light so you can move around quickly and be nimble on your feet.

Looking for quality boxing shoes? Look no further! We can design and make your perfect boxing shoes. Fortis boxing shoes are made to be lightweight, comfortable and are designed specifically for boxing.

We can even add your name or logo on the shoes.

We can make your shoes in any colour of your choice and in your own style.

Skipping Rope

A skipping rope is not really required but its a fantastic way of conditioning your body and getting a cardio workout. Professional boxers past and present like Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and many more prefer to use the skipping rope.

Skipping can improve footwork, coordination, fitness and so much more. The benefits to skipping are almost endless. Just doing a couple of minutes of skipping can have you panting for your breath.

Boxers usually use jumping rope as a way to warm up. Usually they will do a few rounds of skipping to warm up properly before moving onto their actual boxing training.

If you don’t do skipping, you should. It’s pretty inexpensive to buy a rope and will be worth it.


You need bad ass apparel to wear when you’re working out. And what better way of doing that then getting some Fortis apparel. We do t-shirts, hoodies and much more. Also if you’re looking for fight shorts or custom tops for your fight we also do them.


Boxing can be a great sport to do. Whether you are doing boxing just for fitness, self-defense or want to start competing, it will whip you into shape and improve your as a person.

We hope this post helped answer your question to what equipment do I need for boxing.

If you are a beginner in boxing then we recommend you join your local boxing gym. Not only will they teach you properly, they will correct you when you are going wrong and tell you where you can improve.

However if you are just doing boxing for fitness or want to train at home then just get a heavy bag, maybe some mitts and a pair of boxing gloves and start practicing at home.

Looking for training routines to do at home? Here’s Floyd Mayweathers, Muhammad Alis and Mike Tysons.

YouTube is also a great place to learn more about boxing, if you don’t have a boxing gym nearby.

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Fear. Whether you like it or not, it is one of the most propelling emotions on the planet. It causes us to act and to withhold action.

Fear is most commonly associated with what stops us from doing something. You back out of a social encounter because you are afraid it will be awkward and embarrassing. You don’t try because you are afraid of failure. You didn’t sign up for that competition, even though you had a solid shot at winning, because you have stage fright. You don’t climb the mountain because you have a fear of heights.

There is a reason fear is all around us in media and marketing: it works. It doesn’t have to be a negative thing: it can drive some very powerful positive behavior.

Fear doesn’t have to hold you back. Instead, it can be what makes you move forward. Indeed, you run your fastest when in fear for your life. In that way, overcoming fear can be a simple matter of using it your advantage.

Make Fear Your Alley through Learning How to Box

This year, you can turn your fears into strengths through learning how to fight.

Boxing will help you overcome your fears in a number of ways, both obvious and surprising, by teaching you some invaluable life lessons.

Here are 13 tips that apply in and out of the ring and will help you become the master of your fears and ultimately of your life.

Don’t Fear Failure; Fear Holding Back

In boxing, failure to block a punch means you get hit. In time, though, you will find that getting hit is not so bad just as in life you will learn that failure is not so bad.

The only thing worth fearing is holding back. If you go for it and you give everything you’ve got—even if you lose—you won’t regret having fought.

Bruce Lee, whose fighting style was shaped in many ways by boxing, is quoted for the following:

”Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail. —Bruce Lee”

This year, turn your fear of failure into a fear of not trying. Don’t sit on the sidelines anymore: get up and learn how to box—and count it a win even if you fail gloriously.

Face Danger with Open Eyes

One of the first things you will have to train your body to do when learning how to box is to keep your eyes open. When something flies at your face, shutting your eyes is an instinctive response. Unfortunately, in boxing, this habit is highly impractical and will take some time to break.

We close our eyes because we are afraid but that’s not handling the threat: it’s running away. Boxing will teach you to keep your eyes open when danger rushes at you—and that is the first step toward flying in the face of it.

Boxing will teach you to be more afraid of the hits you can’t see coming, which is a far more useful fear to have. Be more afraid of keeping your eyes shut than of what is coming at you.

If you stuff a bill into the bottom of your drawer because you are afraid of the amount inside, your dues will only increase. Instead of being crippled by a fear of a hard hit—whether physical or financial: let fear of ignorance be what motivates you to face every threat head-on.  

Become the Pursuer

The first time you spar, you will be reacting. Your opponent will throw a blow and you, in response, might try to block or counter it. If they are coming at you too hard, you will probably back away. You will be in survival mode.

Over time, however, boxing will teach you to take the offensive.

Through hard work and consistent training, you will soon find that you are not automatically the weaker of two opponents. You will start realizing that you don’t have to fear your opponent’s punches or back down every time they take a swing at you.

While you will begin by learning a solid defensive stance—shoulders hunched, head tucked, gloves pressed against your temples—you will eventually advance to a level at which you can stand taller and hold your gloves out in front of you for better vision and control.

Boxing will teach you that you can become the pursuer and eventually this can become your response to every challenge in life.

Be Tough

Boxing will teach you how to turn the fear of getting hurt into a fear of staying weak.

Part of how you learn that getting hurt is not so bad is by realizing that you are much tougher than you or others might think.

Boxing teaches you to be tough, in and out of the ring. It teaches resilience. This is what I have found, in my personal life, to be one of the most powerful benefits of boxing.

I complete a tough training session with two straight hours of sparring and walk out of the gym beaten, bruised, and entirely exhausted. But my step is light and my heart is soaring. If I can handle this, I tell myself, I can get through everything else too.

Believe in Yourself

Muhammed Ali, arguably the greatest boxers of all time, is a perfect example of how important it is to believe in yourself, yet he only got to the top by starting at the bottom:

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“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

—Muhammad Ali

Ali teaches us that believing in yourself is crucial: believe you are great and you will be. Boxing will teach you how to turn defeat into faith. Instead of fearing defeat, use what you learn from it—that is how you will become great.


In his book, The Soul of a Butterfly, Muhammad Ali quoted Jesse Jackson:

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.” —Jesse Jackson”


Boxing will teach you to believe in yourself, so you can stand in front of the mirror and say with Muhammad Ali: “I am the greatest.”

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“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”

—Muhammad Ali

You can also wear the great Muhammad Ali’s words on this boxing tee .

Don’t Fear Criticism; Fear Stagnation

The people who will acknowledge what you do well while telling you openly and in a nonhostile manner what you are doing wrong are some of the most valuable individuals you will ever meet.

In boxing and in life, feedback is critical in order to improve. If you have a sparring partner who stops to point out how you can better block their punches or land yours, buy this man or woman a drink!

Positive feedback is important, too. Without it, you won’t know or be able to find confidence in your strengths. Without criticism, though, you won’t know or be able to target your weaknesses.

If you are the kind of person who is too arrogant to take criticism, people will probably stop giving it—at least in a constructive way, and that would be a sore loss. Instead, become the kind of person who is constantly improving by seeking out criticism.


Be Fueled by Your Indignation, Not Frustrated

Let your frustrations be what motivate you, not what make you quit. Quitting, along with not trying, is the thing to fear above all else.

Take it from Marvelous Marvin, the undisputed middleweight champion of the eighties, who let indignation fuel his fight to reach the top:

“In order to be at the top and maintain your focus you have to have something that motivates you. For me, it was what I perceived as a lack of respect from the boxing world as well as the media, which made me want to work so hard and be great.”

—Marvelous Marvin Hagler

He didn’t let the fear that he wouldn’t be respected stop him from fighting: he used it to propel himself forward and become one of the greatest boxers known today.


Don’t be Afraid of People

Fear of other people manifests itself in many ways, from social anxiety to fear of performing in front of a crowd. But there is no reason to be afraid of people—whether strangers or friends—nor of what they think.

Maybe you are one of those people who, like me, has preferred exercising in the comforts of your own home. Perhaps it’s because the idea that people are watching you at the gym makes you feel anxious. Maybe the pressure of social interactions gives you yet another reason to skip an exercise class.

If any of this sounds familiar, you need to face your fear head-on. What better way to get over a fear of strangers than through the close quarters and sometimes painfully awkward situations of a full-contact sport?

Again, you will learn that you are tough, even when a stranger is trying to hurt you. (Some sparring partners do more than others.) There is a silver lining here: if you can stand people trying to punch you in the face, you should be well equipped to handle it when they are simply looking at you.

More importantly, boxing will teach you how to understand yourself through others.

Observing, interacting with, learning from, and teaching other people is one of the best ways to understand yourself.

In that way, people are extraordinarily valuable. If you’ve read my article about 10 Types of Sparring Partners, you may have discovered a little bit of yourself in each one.

By watching others at the gym, you can learn about yourself and ultimately improve your game.

Don’t Fear What’s in Your Heart; Fight from it

What is in your heart—the things that make it flutter with excitement or causes your blood to boil in rage? Fight for that, and fight from there.

Don’t cower from or try to hide your innermost feelings: embrace them and use them. Make sure your heart is in rhythm and driving you forward.

Everything comes from your heart, including your rhythm, and a boxer without rhythm is no more than a stumbling pair of shoes and gloves.

Generally regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinsons shares the following pivotal advice:


“Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble.”

—Sugar Ray Robinson


Fight for Perfection

It doesn’t matter if you will never achieve it: perfection is still worth fighting for.

Mike Tyson, another one of the greatest boxers in history and an undeniable legend in the sport, is famous for saying: “I fight for perfection.”

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“I fight for perfection.”

—Iron Mike Tyson

When asked by his interviewer, Charlie Rose, if he achieves it, Tyson replied: “No one does, but we aim for it.”

Once again, you must face your fear of failure. The aim is not to avoid failure at all costs: the aim is to succeed or do a damn good job trying.

Learn from the Greats

I’ve quoted a few great fighters in this article and there are many more from whom you can learn.

In boxing and just about any area of life, there are inspirational figures who can share what they have learned in their pursuits. While there is a lot we can learn from, for examples, the world’s greatest boxers, a great person doesn’t have to be a celebrity.

Find someone at your own gym whom you respect and who is willing to share what their experience has taught them. No one achieves success alone: we all need mentors.

Share What You Know

One of the greatest joys in life is being able to pass on what you have learned to someone else. If you have been a mentee, you can also become a mentor.

Another invaluable skill I have gained from boxing is learning by teaching. To that end, here is a final quote to conclude this post, not from the greatest boxers of all time but from one of my own trainers:

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“I’ve found when people rehash what they’ve learned by teaching somebody new it reinforces in their own head.”

—Uro Pavi

So go on and share what you’ve learned and, if you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to share it too!

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