Tan’s unique moniker explained
Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan will be returning to action when he faces South Korea’s “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min on the undercard of ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on 15 June.
While his fans are excited for his return to the ONE Championship stage this year, there is also something about the 37-year-old Filipino veteran that they would like to know more.
What is up with his “Jun Minion” moniker?
For Tan, it was no less than Victor Cui, the CEO International of ONE Championship who gave him that nickname.
“It came from my first fight in Malaysia back in 2013. The minion movie [Despicable me] just came out while I was training there and they ended up calling me Minion over there because I was always funny, always brought a smile in the gym and had a good attitude, but I was a bit naughty,” said Tan.
“They said I have the same character like the minions and at that time Victor Cui was actually in the audience and discovered me there and gave me his name card, so that's how I also ended up going to the tryouts in Singapore and got a contract with ONE,” he added.
As per the name Jun? It’s just the typical Filipino nickname for kids named after their fathers.
“My name is Mario Jr. so Jun is like a short version of Junior. That's how my parents call me and people back in the Philippines usually call me Jun or JunJun.”
Now heading to his 12th match as a pro this Saturday, “Jun Minion” doesn't have any plans of changing his moniker for the rest of his career.
After all, it’s unique and it has excellent recall.
“I think it's a fun nickname and it's a lucky one for me too because it brought me to the place I am now,” said Tan.
“I wouldn't change it. I even got it tattooed on my right arm so I don't think it's a good idea to change it anyways.”