Filipino lightweight Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan is looking to shift the direction of his career trajectory upwards as he is set to go all out in his return.
Tan is set to lock horns with South Korea’s “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min on the undercard of ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST which emanates at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on 15 June.
Tan has lost his previous three bouts against top opposition, but despite his losing spell under the organization’s banner, he remains positive that he will see the light at the end of the tunnel in Shanghai.
Tan’s string of setbacks started back in September 2016 when he got submitted in the first-round by Malaysian star Agilan “Alligator” Thani at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS in Malaysia back in September 2016.
22 months later, he failed to return to the winning column as he dropped a unanimous decision loss against the “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park of South Korea at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER back in July 2018.
Having his hand raised in triumph remained elusive to Tan in the beginning of 2019, dropping another first-round submission loss to Japanese standout Kimihiro Eto at the ONE Warrior Series 4 last February in Singapore.
Although his back is against the wall, the 34-year-old Filipino veteran still has his winning mindset, putting his training into the next level as he expects a tough three-round encounter against Yoon.
“I’m very excited to be fighting in this great event in Shanghai. It’s a huge opportunity for me as I am another step closer to my dream,” Tan expressed.
“Unfortunately, it does not always work out as we envision it, but nonetheless I consider myself lucky,” he added.
“I am very dedicated to showing my best and fight a great fight. I feel very fortunate to get another opportunity from ONE.”
Tan admits that despite failing to achieve victory in his previous bouts in The Home of Martial Arts, the setbacks have taught him tons of things on how to become a better martial artist.
“I have focussed on a couple of things actually. First of all my grappling. I successfully participated in 3 grappling competitions just in the past month to get myself out there experiencing some high level grappling and BJJ because I felt like I have to improve more in this field,” Tan shared.
“My cardio was actually never a real problem, but in my last One Championship matchup, I felt like I gassed out on the ground. So I firstly focussed a lot on cardio to be ready to fight at any given moment.”
Facing Tan is the 25-year-old Yoon who owns a win-loss slate of 1-1 and is looking to continue his impressive start at the Home Of The Martial Arts. At the biggest ONE Championship card ever assembled at ONE: A NEW ERA last 31 March, “The Big Heart” kicked off the gigantic card with a first-round submission of India’s Bala Shetty.
Tan is fully aware of the danger that is in front of him next week, but with a positive attitude, he is motivated to end his losing streak in an impressive fashion.
“My opponent is very strong and should not be underestimated,” he said.
“He comes from a very strong team and I have trained with some of the people there. I know it will be a tough fight, but I have a fair chance of being able to showcase what I can do