Boxing Gloves and Color Psychology

gloves-old.JPGDoes the color of a boxer’s gloves have an impact on his opponent’s psyche?
While researching information on Color Psychology, I found the following information concerning the color Red:
“The most emotionally intense color, Red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing.”

According to Wikipedia ( and their definition of Color Psychology, Red is associated with the following words:“Fire, Energy, Excitement, Speed, Power, Blood, War, Anger.”

Without a doubt, red is an appropriate color for boxing gloves when you look at it’s psychological significance.

So, when today’s generation of fighters choose various colored boxing gloves are they doing this just for style? Could there be some other reason?

I believe that more than a few fighters have been psychologically beat without evening knowing it. For example, when a fighter chooses white gloves, he is pacifying or lessening the look of his punching strength.

Wikipedia associates the following words with the color White, under Color Psychology: “Peace, Innocence, Cowardice.”

Imagine if you will, that you are a fighter getting ready to take on an opponent. You’re in your corner, looking over at your opponent and he/she has on a pair of white gloves instead of a pair of fiery red gloves.

When you think about it, which color gloves look more intimidating?

Roy Jones Jr. is one of the most intelligent fighters of our time (for the sake of this article, so we don’t start a huge thread on whether Jones is intelligent). He has often adorned various colored gloves. When I look back on Jones’s fight with journey man Glen Kelly, a fight in which Jones and Kelly wore white gloves, it appeared that Jones’s punches were not as powerful, although he won by a spectacular knockout.

Throughout his career, did Roy Jones Jr. choose to fight in gloves other than red, to lessen the threat of his punching power?

jones-white.jpgColor has always had a huge importance in boxing. In recent history Mike Tyson and Bernard Hopkins (pre Trinidad) would often adorn themselves in black to symbolize the pending destruction of their opponents.

Still don’t think the colors of gloves are signifigant? Don’t believe in Color Psychology? While performing my research I also found out that there are some professional sports teams that paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

It’s obvious, the Color Psychology play a part in the mental aspect of boxing. I’m just wondering how many fighters are using it to their advantage or how many fighters are even aware of it.


4 Responses to “Boxing Gloves and Color Psychology”

  1. Bangas and Mash Says:

    Great blog. A great read. Im a new subscriber.

  2. Ben Says:

    A very interesting and valid theory. It could make opponents slower or feel less aggressive.

  3. Pete Says:

    Good article. This might sound too simple but I wonder if both African American fighers wore white gloves because they would show up the most when they landed blows? Seems like the judges may see that more.

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