Filipino lightweight Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan is looking to make a 180-degree turnaround in his career, and he hopes to start it at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on Saturday, 15 June.
He is set to lock horns with South Korea’s “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST
, and believes he can get back into the winner’s circle.
Tan has lost his previous three bouts against top opposition, but despite his dry spell in ONE Championship
, he remains optimistic that the tide will turn in the Chinese metropolis.
“I'm very excited to be fighting at this great event in Shanghai. It's a huge opportunity for me and another step closer to my dream,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it does not always work out as we envision it, but nonetheless I consider myself lucky.
"I am very dedicated to showing my best, and fight a great fight. I feel very fortunate to get another opportunity from ONE.”
Tan’s string of setbacks started in September 2016 when he got submitted in the first round by Malaysian star Agilan “Alligator” Thani at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS
After being out of the Circle for nearly two years, he dropped a unanimous decision to South Korea’s “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park at ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER
back in July 2018.
To make things worse, the Filipino started his 2019 campaign on a damper, as he lost to Japanese standout Kimihiro Eto at ONE Warrior Series 4
Although his back is against the wall, the 34-year old veteran is maintaining a positive mindset and feels he has a good shot at breaking his spell in Shanghai.
"My opponent is very strong and should not be underestimated,” Tan said.
“I know he likes to play on the ground. But I have also worked hard on my boxing, giving me an advantage [on the feet].
“I know it will be a tough fight, but I have a fair chance of being able to showcase what I can do.”