I know mods from the past add this, but I want to see one close to vanilla style.
The mod would add gloves made from leather, Iron, Gold and Diamond. Of Course Chain gloves would have to be found.
The gloves would render on the player, have its own slot and durability equal to boots. The render on the player should be vanilla style of course.
Each glove would add damage to punching attacks based on material made of and also a small amount of armor. They would accept various armor enchants and maybe a few new ones(like a punching one).
Mod support could be added in.
maybe I would be of some help to you people