The gloves DON'T have it!

Lately I have been meeting a number of women who have started boxing. This is great. Boxing is an amazing art that really teaches you how to use your body weight when you hit and its a great cardiovascular workout. it self-defense?

For a full-time boxer? Yes, it can be.
For the casual practitioner who's main goal is a good workout? A resounding NO.

Why? Gloves.  

In a true self-defense situation you will not be wearing your boxing gloves or underlying wrist wraps. The gloves protect your hands and the wraps protect your wrists. Hitting without these two items is VERY different. The likelihood of you breaking a finger or wrist increases drastically.

You have to practice the way you play.