Boxing gloves are used in the sport of boxing to protect the fighter's hands and reduce the risk of injury to the opponent's head. The gloves, which typically weigh between 10 and 20 ounces, cushion the impact of punches and spread the force of the blow over a larger surface area, reducing the risk of broken bones and cuts. Additionally, the gloves allow fighters to throw punches with more power, as they do not have to worry about injuring their hands.