Despite the general thinking that boxing is a dying sport, there is in fact a rise in interest in boxing as a recreational sport – for fitness and for some degree of self-defense training. Just look at the rise of the Title a Boxing Gym network to see that there is market demand for local boxing gyms.
But, if you’ve started getting into boxing yourself, you probably have noticed that there is a serious shortage of local boxing equipment supplies stores. Just go to Google and type in “boxing equipment stores near me” and you’ll get results that are probably not very satisfying. That’s one reason we created the BoxingNearMe.com store directory – to help people find places to shop locally.
If you can find a boxing specialty store near you, then great, go check it out and you’ll probably find the equipment you are looking for.
If you are not so lucky, here are some options to consider:
Local Gym – Call your local gym and see if they sell boxing equipment. If you find a gym that is not affiliated with a single equipment brand (like Title gyms), then it’s a good bet that you can get some good advice from the trainers/owners.
MMA Stores – If you have a store near you that focuses on MMA/combat sports, give them a call and ask about pure boxing equipment. Keep in mind that there is indeed a difference in some of the MMA equipment vs boxing – different weight gloves, occasional handwrap differences, punching bags designed for kicking as well as punching, and other differences. That’s not to say that a good combat sports store doesn’t have what you need though.
Sporting Goods Stores – If you have a boxing specialty store, local gym that sells supplies, or a good MMA store option, then you could go and check out your local sporting goods store. It’s not likely that a small store will have what you need (you can always take the trip if you want to support your local businesses). Instead, you may want to check out one of the larger sports store chains like Dicks Sporting Goods (Dicks is essentially the last large sports store chain left standing after Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy).
Used Equipment – If none of these options are readily available, or if you want to minimize how much you spend on equipment in the first place, we put together a fairly comprehensive guide to buying used boxing equipment. The article covers everything from used sports goods stores, to the right way to search Craigslist, to eBay, to finding good yardsales near you.
Buying Boxing Equipment Online – Some people, especially beginners, are hesitant to purchase boxing equipment online because of the inability to test for fit, comfort, durability, feel of the bags, etc. This is understandable, especially if you don’t enjoy online sales returns (not many people do). But, there are some good ways to find the right equipment online right from the start. A very basic way is to search Amazon for what you need – “boxing equipment”, “boxing gloves”, “punching bags”, “boxing handwraps”, etc., and sort your results by Ratings. Generally speaking, you should look at products with at least 30 reviews (which is a small number in the world of boxing equipment). If you find products that average 4.5 stars, then you are heading in the right direction. Then, read through written user reviews to get a sense for what they are saying about the products. Be careful of fake reviews (just as you would with any other product sold on Amazon). It’s not difficult to find genuine reviews that are helpful. If Amazon isn’t your thing, it’s also useful to go directly to the brands’ websites. Some of the best boxing brands are Casanova, Cleto Reyes, Everlast, Lonsdale, Rival, Sabas, Title, Twins, Winning (Kozuji). Here is an excellent boxing gloves review by ExpertBoxing.com (yes, they use affiliate links to make money, but the guide is truly top-notch).
We hope you found this article useful!