Cleto Reyes Punchers Glove.
‘In the boxing world, the Reyes brand is known as “a puncher’s glove” because it has a lightweight feel, a slimmer profile and, most importantly, an inner layer of horsehair padding that tends to flatten down and harden over the course of a fight.’
“The Reyes boxing gloves are what you use if you want to knock people out.”
– Freddie Roach
With no introduction needed, Cleto Reyes Boxing Gloves are internationally recognised for their hand craftsmanship and hold their own tradition in boxing.
Rejecting offers left right and centre from Chinese manufacturers to help with production, Cleto Reyes is proud of their quality, intricate work and will not let their name be tarnished by cheaper knock-offs.
Cleto Reyes gloves are a source of pride in Mexico.
Their handcrafted gloves are assembled using traditional methods with high-quality leather and horsehair padding. Cleto Reyes’ methods are what has drawn the attention of the world’s top fighters and they have continued to seek out the family-run Mexican company, despite Cleto Reyes not offering endorsement deals.
Some of the all-time greatest fighters have chosen Cleto Reyes boxing gloves. These famous boxers could have picked up a handsome payday for wearing an alternative glove, but they chose Cleto Reyes over a payment.
Here is a list of some of our favourite boxers of all time, all used the Cleto Reyes boxing gloves.
The boxer brought Cleto Reyes Gloves into the spotlight in 1978 in one of his last fights. Ali famously refused to wear the glove brand sponsoring him and after being told to tape up the Cleto Reyes Logo, he told his trainer to rip the tape off once in the ring.
Ali wore the gloves for his final and last win against Leon Spinks to reclaim his heavyweight title.
‘I don’t fight if it’s not with Cleto Reyes gloves’ – Muhammad Ali
Pacquiao believes in Cleto Reyes says his trainer Freddie Roach, ‘and he doesn’t feel comfortable in anything else’.
The Filipino professional boxer admires the ‘punchers glove’ and chooses it as his weapon in the ring.
In 2015, Floyd Mayweather challenged Manny’s choice of the glove before their fight arguing it didn’t satisfy their contract, however, the dispute came to nothing.
Juan Manuel Márquez
This Mexican pro wore Cleto Reyes as his trademark glove and it’s hard to imagine him fighting in the ring without them.
Marquez had a career in the ring that spanned over twenty years and 64 fights. However, his most renowned fights were against Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez and Pacquiao shared a ring four times over the course of 8 years. The first fight was a draw, followed by two wins for Pacquiao.
In their final faceoff, Marquez triumphed in style, knocking Pacquiao cleanout in the 6th round.
‘Iron Mike’ was the youngest boxer to win the heavyweight title at just 20 years old.
Tyson had a colourful career, dominating the sport in his early years, but his outrageous and controversial actions, such as biting Evander Holyfield’s ear in the ring, tainted his reputation.
Lennox was a three-time world heavyweight champion and lauded as the best of his generation.
Unlike Tyson, he walked away from the sport with his reputation intact.
Lewis and Tyson fought in 2002, both fighters wore the Cleto Reyes glove.
Lennox Lewis said he had to fight Tyson:
‘If I hadn’t, no matter how much I accomplished, no matter how many other fights I won, there would have always been people who said, “Yes, Lennox was good but he never could have beaten Tyson.”‘
George Foreman crushed through opponents and became the king of the heavyweight division at the age of 24.
Along with Ali, he was involved in probably the most famous fight of all time, ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ in Zaire in 1974.
23 years later, Foreman was still fighting aged 45 and was offered an ‘eliminator fight’ by the WBC, the prize would be to face the champion, Lennox Lewis.
The ‘eliminator’ turned out to be a controversial bout against Shannon Briggs. Foreman lost by a majority decision, despite many experts being of the opinion that Foreman clearly won the bout.
Both fighters wore Cleto Reyes boxing gloves.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray was involved in many epic fights in the 1980s including fights with Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durán and Marvin Hagler.
Sugar Ray won Olympic Gold at the 1976 games and went unbeaten as a professional until his first head to head with Roberto Duran in 1980.
The two fought three times, with Sugar Ray Leonard overcoming his initial defeat to win the second two encounters.
Above you can see the two fighters, both choosing Cleto Reyes gloves during their second fight, which Leonard one in the 8th round.
Evander Holyfield, won the world heavyweight championship a record four times. During a period littered with top quality heavyweights, the former cruiserweight was never one to ‘shirk a fight’.
One of the most renowned battles during Holyfield’s career was with Riddick Bowe. The two fighters shared a trilogy in the 1990s, Bowe coming out on top with two wins.
Here the two fighters are contesting the third fight in November 1995, Bowe won the fight with a technical knockout in the eighth round.
Cleto Reyes is still a family business with strong roots to their humble beginnings. Learn about the fascinating story behind the brand here: Cleto Reyes – The History.