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Boxing Headgear Necessary for Beginners?

Boxing Headgear Necessary for Beginners?

When it comes to sparring and competitions, safety is always the number one priority. Unlike cats, we don’t get 9 lives!  That's why many boxers choose to wear boxing headgear while they train and compete. In this article, we will talk about the pros and cons, as well as the different types available. 

Boxing Headgear: Pros and Cons

Boxing headgear is one of the most important pieces of equipment a boxer can own. It protects the head and face from punches, and it can help prevent serious injuries. However, there are also some disadvantages to using headgear. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of boxing headgear.


  • Protection from punches: This is the most important reason to wear headgear. It can protect the head and face from serious injuries, including concussions, cuts, and bruises.
  • increased confidence: Wearing headgear can give a boxer added confidence. Knowing that they are better protected can help them relax and focus more on their opponent.


  • Impaired hearing: The added padding around the ears can muffle sounds, making it difficult to hear the trainers instructions or their opponent's punches.
  • Limited field of view: Another downside to headgear is that it can limit a boxer's field of view. The padding around the eyes can make it difficult to see peripheral vision, which can be a disadvantage in a fight.
  • Overheating: Headgear can also cause a boxer to overheat. The added padding can trap heat and make it difficult to cool down, which can be a problem in long matches or hot weather.

Different Types of Boxing Headgear

There are many different types of boxing headgear, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common type of headgear is the traditional boxing headgear, which covers the entire head and has a chin strap to secure it in place. This type of headgear offers the most protection for the head and face, but it can be very hot and uncomfortable to wear.

Open-Face Headgear

Open-face headgear covers the top and back of the head, but it leaves the face exposed. This type of headgear is often used in training sessions, because it allows the boxer to work on their technique without worrying about getting hit in the face. It is also used in some amateur competitions.

The main advantage of open-face headgear is that it does not obstruct the boxer's vision. This is important, because a boxer needs to be able to see their opponent at all times. It also allows the boxer to breathe more easily, which is important in a fight.

The downside is that it offers less protection than full-face headgear. This means that a boxer is more likely to get hit in the face when they are wearing open-face headgear.

Full-Face Headgear

There are many benefits to full-face boxing headgear. For starters, it offers complete coverage of the head and face, which is ideal for protecting against punches and kicks. It also helps to deflect sweat and hair away from the eyes, keeping the vision clear. Additionally, full-face headgear can help to prevent cuts and bruises around the face.

Full-face headgear can help to reduce the impact of punches to the face. This is because the headgear absorbs some of the force of the punch, rather than your face taking the full brunt of the impact.

Our Recommendations

Whether you’re after MMA or Muay Thai headgear, our recommendations will serve you well during your training and competitions - providing you opt for it. 

HGSBK Sparring Headgear Black

Muay Thai Sparring Headgear

Designed for sparring, HGSBK Sparring Headgear is a great choice for beginners. This product is made of high quality cowhide. With layered padding for shock absorption, the guard offers good protection for your cheek and jaw, but also your whole head.

This sparring headgear is also comfortable to wear, and it is designed not to obstruct your vision. If you are looking for good quality sparring headgear, this head guard is right up your street. 

HGCBK Competition Headgear Black

Muay Thai Competition Headgear Black

Boon Sports HGCBK Competition Headgear is one of the most popular choices among boxers, and for good reason. This headgear is designed to protect your head and face from punches, and it does a great job of it. The padding is thick and absorbs impact well, and the headgear itself is very comfortable to wear. It also has good ventilation, so you won't get too hot while wearing it.

The only downside to this headgear is that it is a bit pricey. But when it comes to your safety, it is definitely worth the investment. 


Boxing is a great way to stay in shape, and it is a lot of fun. However, it is important to remember that boxing is a dangerous sport. When you are participating in boxing, you should always wear the proper safety gear - including headgear, 

Boon Sports' training and fighting headgear are top-notch, offering various styles to choose from. Their training gear is perfect for those just starting, and their pro products are ideal for more experienced boxers. They also offer a wide range of colors and designs, so you can find the perfect headgear to match your personality.