-Jim Kelly as Williams
Is Barenkuclee anything more than boxing techniques without gloves?
The following goes into great detail over how to strike without damaging your fists but doesn't look like any of the fights I'd seen in other videos.
Instructional: Irish Fighting techniques. 40minutes.
Would have been good if they could show these techniques actually in use.
Ok, well, please forgive me for being a little late to the party on this thread, but just in case anyone still wants the science broken down, I covered this topic in my science-and-martial arts blog here:
The 30 second version is:
Gloves reduce energy transfer, but increase momentum transfer.
Energy transfer is responsible for localized tissue damage, but momentum transfer (in the right place) is responsible for brain damage.
So there is a bit of a trade off, but personally, I would pick brain safety.
How does that apply to headgear?
Also, MMA gloves vs boxing gloves?
As for MMA vs boxing gloves, I believe the hand protection is similar (I am basing this statement on my own experience, not data), so we expect the same increase in momentum transfer there.
For MMA gloves, the surface area is smaller, and the foam is not as thick, so we would expect to see more superficial tissue damage with MMA gloves (free fingers also apply here).
The only other real difference between boxing gloves and MMA gloves is the relative weights of the gloves. This would mean more momentum transfer from a boxing glove for a beginner, but for a trained fighter, the difference would be less than 5%.
So, putting all that together, MMA gloves would put you at greater risk for localized tissue damage, with only a small reduction in the likelihood of brain damage. Please remember that as I say this, I am only talking about the impact from the glove when you get punched. The rules and behaviors in each sport are completely different, so a scientific view of the glove is not even close to sufficient to make a general statement about the risks of one sport vs another.