TopBoxer Gloves Review
My honest and detailed review after messing with (2) pairs of TopBoxer gloves for 1 year. I ordered a 16oz custom pair with super cushion foam for maximum protection and sparring softness.And also a 14oz stock pair just for reviewing purposes. I told him to throw in any stock pair; I didn’t care what it […]

My honest and detailed review after messing with (2) pairs of TopBoxer gloves for 1 year.

  • I ordered a 16oz custom pair with super cushion foam for maximum protection and sparring softness.
  • And also a 14oz stock pair just for reviewing purposes. I told him to throw in any stock pair; I didn’t care what it was.

I’ll go over everything I saw, and the details I noticed.

Background on Muhammad Irfan of TopBoxer (from Pakistan)

Muhammad is a guy I heard of only from the magic of the internet.

I’ve never seen his gloves used anywhere. Never saw anything like his logo. He was a brand new boxing gear manufacturer starting around 2016 (that’s my guess). I think what really got me intrigued was that he was a Pakistan glove manufacturer with a cult-like following.

If you don’t already know, I hate Pakistan gloves. Hate them all. (Nowadays, I’ve softened that stance a little but only for very few companies.) But when I see Pakistan companies proudly worn by pro fighters and amateurs and not a single bad thing is ever sad…you get curious.

I heard about Muhammad on the Sherdog forums where tons of random people were raving about his gloves. And I usually don’t care about raving reviews unless people are actually comparing it to other quality brands (that I know), which some did. The other thing I noticed was that he could do custom gloves and his prices were very reasonable. That’s fine by me!

If he’s gonna price himself low and do many extra things that other manufacturers can’t, I’m not gonna knock a dude even if it does turn out to be junk. It’s when I see new brands toting themselves as “best gloves ever invented” with premium pricing and generic designs that I get angry.

Finally talking with Muhammad

When I reached out to him on Facebook in 2017, he was really excited to make custom gloves for me. A lot of generosity was offered but I refused a bit. His prices were already low enough, like geez…and these are custom-made gloves that HE makes…not mass-produced. I do respect artists. We talked a lot about the science of making gloves, different foam and padding combinations available. Then came the fun stuff like colors, materials (I wanted croc leather), name embroidery. No matter what concern I had in mind, he already had multiple ways to satisfy it.

I (metaphorically) walked away from that Facebook chat very impressed. Not with his gloves but who he was as a person. Listen when I tell you this…I pay very close attention when I speak with manufacturers about boxing gloves. I try to get a sense of who they are and where they fit into their glove-making operations.

Mainly, I see glove company people in 3 categories:

  • CRAFTSMAN – they love to talk gloves.
  • BUSINESSMAN – they love to talk money.
  • MARKETER – they love to talk features.

Obviously, people love to talk about where they spend their time. Marketers are always trying to position their gloves. This feature, that feature, this new thing, that benefit, top 3 advantages, blah blah blah. Business people love to talk money and numbers…they’re always like, “Let’s make a deal, I give you 100 pairs for $17 each. I pay you $200 for review. I give you free shipping!”

But the craftsman? The craftsman loves to talk about his work. Why he chose this material. Why he put this here, why he put that there. How he discovered this trick, etc. And almost every single time I talk a real craftsman, they spill the secrets to all their craft. They’re so excited to share their wonderment for what they know and what they’ve created. These are things that businessmen and marketers can never talk about because they know nothing about it and have nothing to say.

I loved that for only a hundred dollars (USD cost at the time), I could speak to the actual maker of my gloves. You have no idea how incredible that is. Unheard of!

At this point, I was actually terrified of his gloves:

I was terrified that (what if) I didn’t like his gloves.

It would be so painful for me to criticize his work publicly on my website. I know some people think I’m harsh or really mean when I scrutinize boxing gloves but believe me I don’t like to be mean. I know it can affect some people’s businesses and I know it hurt the feelings of the people who designed them or made them. Most of all, it’s a slap in the face if you dis someone who’s been doing something for a very long time which you know nothing about. I’m not even a glovemaker so for me to judge does feel a bit wrong to some degree.

But I do it because I’m passionate about the sport. Glove quality is a matter hand safety to me (which I suffered from). I also hate when big companies exploit the sport for financial gain and nothing else. And I hate when big companies make the money that much smaller businesses deserve.

Leading the “custom gloves” trend

I definitely feel TopBoxer is one the companies most responsible for igniting this “custom gloves” trend you see nowadays. Sure, the very first were the Mexican glove companies…but that experience is very different. Those manufacturers usually didn’t speak English. You had to order through a middle-man and pray that they understood your request and will make it perfect (and that all materials needed won’t be on back-order). Usually, you communicate in images. A picture of what you want. There’s no back-and-forth chatting.

You would think TopBoxer would have had so many Pakistan copycats by now (since their glove-making culture is a whole lot of that) but there haven’t been any solid ones. There are other companies popping up but they don’t have a face and they don’t feel like the same one-man super personal experience you get with Muhammad. Also too, their gloves don’t have the same unique look as his…they have a more generic look and with generic options.

The order of 2019

Because 2017 never happened.

  • He asked me what I was going to use them for. (Bagwork or sparring, or both.)
  • What kind of padding I wanted. (Soft, hard, etc.)
  • Hand measurements. (Length, width, wrist, etc.) You would have thought he was making a custom suit for my hand.
  • What designs, colors, materials, custom embroidery or labeling.

After chatting back-and-forth exchanging excitement and pleasantries, I never ordered. I told my girlfriend (at the time) that I was excited to try these new boxing gloves made with croc leather and she got angry at me. Tried to tell me about animal abuse and how they farm and kill innocent crocodiles and what not. And then she said, “Johnny, you’re better than that.” And oooooh, that got me good. I respect her a lot and her words matter to me…so I never ordered.

But then we broke up…

So in 2019, I ordered my gloves but in CROC-PRINT leather (not real crocodile!)

I’m starting to believe in the vegan movement too and not hurting animals and all that. This was my compromise. And I would even say that I hope they find a better material in the future that isn’t made out of animal skin. Yes, I know leather is beautiful but we’re freaken humans…we’ve got scientists and doctors. We’ve invented so much shit. We put people on the moon. Surely, we can find a better boxing glove material that doesn’t have to come from dead animals.

Ok, enough of my hypocritical PETA speech.

My package arrived from Pakistan…1 pair of custom 16oz training gloves and 1 pair of stock 14oz training gloves. *in my fight announcer voice* LET THE REVIEWS BEGIN!

TopBoxer gloves quality and construction

A quick list of 16 basic boxing tips your trainer should have told you. These boxing tips will improve your boxing training, boxing punching, and boxing defense. Good luck !

Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with satisfaisant form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.

Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.

Drink lots of water. One cup every hour peu ! Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another frapper beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, ( most people have slow feet at first ) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch. Throw bermuda hooks, short uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and hard punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the hard punches when you know they’ll land. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle ! Let your hands go ! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head. Don’t waste energy course around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit him back. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches ( this is especially for most beginners ). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him ! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go !

When starting out, boxers will usually first be taught how to fight at a distance, also known as ‘outfighting’, rather than getting in close where they are more likely to be hit. The skills used here include arm’s-length punches and quick footwork to enable the puncher to deliver a blow before their opponent can respond. It is the best way to tire out and attack an opponent, and lessens their chance of a counterattack.

The following boxing techniques are described for right-handed boxers ( if you are a left-handed or a ‘southpaw’ puncher then use the opposite arm or leg to what is being described ).

The importance of a good stance cannot be stressed enough. A good stance provides balance, and is a key to both attacking and defensive techniques. Boxers should be able to throw a punch without losing their balance. Being off balance allows an opponent to get in with their own blows. to assume a good boxing stance, you need to do the following :

Stand sideways to the target, so that you lead with the shoulder opposite that of your strong punching hand. A right-handed boxer should point their left shoulder toward the target. Feet should be kept shoulder width apart, then step forward one pace with the left foot and line up the heel of your left foot with the toes of your other foot. Turn both feet at a quarante cinq degree angle to your target. Your weight should be evenly distributed to provide a firm, steady platform. Bend your knees and hips slightly, keeping your back fairly straight and lift your back heel off the floor, no more than about sept. 5cm ( 3in ). Tuck your elbows in close to your sides and raise your forearms so that they shield the chest. Hold the left glove out at shoulder height and keep it far enough out to attack, but close enough to draw back quickly in defense. The right glove should be held underneath the chin with the wrist turned inwards.

The golden rules of boxing footworkGood footwork is important to enable the vous défouler sur to defend or attack from a balanced position. The golden rules of boxing footwork are as follows : Keep the weight balanced on both feet. Keep your feet apart as you move to maintain good balance. Move around the ring using short sliding steps on the balls of your feet. Never let your feet cross. Always move the foot closest to the direction in which you want to move first.

The key to good footwork is speed, and this can be enhanced by improving fitness, with particular attention to the legs. One good activity for improving fitness, used by many boxers, is skipping. PunchingThere are four main punches in boxing : Jab — a sudden punch. Cross — a straight punch. Hook — a bermuda side punch. Uppercut — a short swinging upward punch.

The Jab ( Left Jab ) This is the simplest but most-used punch in boxing, and likely to be the first punch any beginner would learn. The jab can be used both for attack or defense, and is useful to keep the opponent at bay to set up bigger blows. Hold your left hand up high with your elbow in close to your body. Aim for the opponent’s chin with the back knuckles. Rotate the arm so that the punch lands with the thumb making a small clockwise turn inwards. Slide the left foot forward before effet and snap the hand back ready to deliver another jab. The chin should be dropped to the shoulder to protect it, and the right hand held high ready to block any counter punches.

The CrossA ‘straight right’This is the most powerful and damaging punch, but it may leave the boxer open to a counterattack if it fails to connect. It is best used in a combination of punches, usually after the opponent’s defense has opened up after being hit with a good left jab. Drive off the back foot and pivot the hips and shoulders into the punch for maximum power. Straighten the right arm so that it is at full stretch on impact. Keep the left hand in a guarding place to avoid a counter.

A ‘straight left’This is a good way of keeping an opponent on the back foot. From the basic stance simply straighten your left arm and twist your hips and shoulders into the punch. The first will automatically twist so the knuckles are up and the palm downwards just before impact. If there is room, slide the left foot forward for the blow, but quickly bring up the right foot to maintain balance.

HookThe hook comes from the side so can catch the opponent unaware as it initially comes from out of their vision. The hook requires the puncher to arch and turn their body into a punch. It can be made with either the left or right arm. A right hookBring the chin down to the inside of the left shoulder to protect it. Pivot the toes, hips and hand in the direction of the punch. Turn your hand over so that at the point of impact, the palm faces down.

UppercutThe uppercut can be a great knockout punch and is delivered at close quarters. It comes up from underneath, has an element of surprise, and is usually aimed at the jaw with either hand. One drawback is that if it doesn’t take the opponent out, there is a big chance they will be able to deliver a counterattack. to make a right uppercut, transfer the weight onto the right foot and twist the shoulders and hips to the left, bringing the right first directly up into the target. Leaning back too much will send the boxer off balance.

en définitive to boxing techniquesWhile a right-handed frapper will obviously favour their right hand as it will be their strongest, they should be prepared to work with both hands. In any case, the jab — the most frequently used in a bout — for a right hander will be with the left hand, while he prepares to get through with a big right handed shot. Here we have focused on just a few of the basic punches from the point of view of a right hander, but the vous défouler sur must remember that a left hook or left uppercut, for example, can be just as effective given practice. In some circumstances, it may even be a good tactic for the puncher to change stance and fight as if he were a left-handed puncher.


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