A gentleman should always choose his gloves carefully...
This, incidentally, is part of the reason why modern cage- and ring-fighting arts require the adoption of different stances than bare-knuckle brawling. If you go look up pictures of old-school Irish bare-knuckle street fighters, for instance, you'll find that they started off in very odd-looking stances, standing much taller and straighter and with their hands held much lower and with the palms basically facing upwards.
That was because most brawlers knew- or found out very much the hard way- that attempting to knock a guy the hell out with a single punch to the face is actually not easy with bare fists and often results in severely broken hands.
Modern muay thai and MMA stances, by contrast, are much more square and hunched over a bit, with hands held much higher and palms facing forwards or down. This is because, once you put on gloves, punching someone's face becomes a much more tractable and palatable idea. As such, in order to maximise protection and minimise damage, your hands have to be held up a bit higher to protect against straights, crosses, and hooks that previously would have gone to the body and arms.