Tayfun Ozcan’s Pilu Story Before Becoming a World Champion Fighter. Photo: IST
Since joining ONE Championship from Enfusion, he has proven his worth to stay within the top five in ONE Championship’s featherweight kickboxing division. And unexpectedly, the fighter nicknamed “Turbine” got a golden opportunity to become the ONE world champion.
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Previously, he was scheduled to face Marat Grigorian, but stepped up to face Superbon Singha Mawynn because his previous opponent, Chingiz Allazov, was forced to withdraw due to injury.
The goddess of luck was clearly smiling sweetly at Ozcan right now. However, whether he could take advantage of the opportunity was another matter. Superbon is the best kickboxer in the world today. He has beaten legendary names in this sport from Giorgio Petrosyan, Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong, to Marat Grigorian.
What’s more, Superbon is able to beat his opponents without any difficulty. With a sparring record of 113-34, Superbon has a high kick that can target the opponent’s head in one slash. On top of that, even his knee strike could destroy anything in front of him like an ax slashing through a tree branch. However, Tayfun Ozcan would not be his name if he was daunted by challenges.
Born in Tilburg, Netherlands, this Turkish fighter had a difficult childhood. The father is an alcoholic who makes the house a living hell because of his uncontrollable emotions.
“My childhood was different [dengan anak pada umumnya]. We had no money, and I had no photos and childhood memories. All we have in the house are fights and drugs. There is only negativity at home, and we are always beaten,” said Tayfun Ozcan talking about his childhood.
The figure of a father who actually overshadows the child, is not felt by Ozcan. The comfort he should have had at home was never felt.
“When you are a child, you need a father figure to talk to. You need a father to train and go to school together, someone who can teach mental issues. But I don’t have that,” he continued.