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‘Sharks’ didn’t bite, but Aqua Boxing Glove is born

Frustrated by the lockdown during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic that prevented him from working out with his clients, Tony Adeniran decided to look for a way to train clients outside the gym.

In a necessity-is-the-mother-of-invention moment, the San Antonio boxing gym owner combined his experience as a certified boxing coach and former prizefighter to invent a product that would land him on the hit ABC television show “Shark Tank” and potentially change his life.

The product, the Aqua Boxing Glove, provides athletes resistance training anywhere, anytime with no heavy bag required.

Just add water.

“It’s common to use 3-pound weights or get in a shallow pool to shadow box,” Adeniran said. “I kind of fused those two ideas and came up with the Aqua Boxing Glove.”

The 33-year-old Houston native, who operates Black Stallion Boxing across from La Cantera on San Antonio’s North Side, said his glove has a pocket that can be filled with up to 4 pounds of water to add evenly distributed weight.

The glove is designed to provide resistance during a workout and reduce the need for impact training.

“When you get that whipping motion, water is going to move around and provide a more challenging workout,” Adeniran said.

He added that other products currently on the market use a weight strapped to the top of the glove at the wrist, but “most boxers found that to be uncomfortable.”

The invention and Adeniran’s entrepreneurial spirit caught the attention of “Shark Tank” producers, who chose the product out of more than 150,000 applicants each year.

This past fall, after being selected to audition, Adeniran made the final cut and flew to Sony Pictures Studios in California for filming of the season 13 finale.

“I’d always been a big fan of the show and, suddenly, there I was,” Adeniran recalled.

Standing face-to-face in front of show regulars Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Kevin O’Leary, Lauri Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and guest shark actor Kevin Hart, Adeniran said he felt nervous despite practicing his sales pitch over and over again for months.

Kind of like “the feeling you get when coming out or a fight,” he said.

“In fact, before I went on I was in the back shadow boxing trying to calm my nerves,” Adeniran recalled.

He told the Shark Tank panel he was looking for an investment of $100,000 for a 10 percent equity in the company.

The gloves “are so simple to use,” Adeniran said during his pitch. “All you have to do is add water, strap them up and you’re ready to train. I’m talking about improving speed, cardio, not to mention burn fat and build muscle. A full-body training tool all in one.

“Now who’s ready to sweat?”

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