Edwin ‘Junny’ Ocasio: “I’m Ready to Shock the World” Pt. II
This is the second part of our conversation with Edwin ‘Junny’ Ocasio, who competes in an eight-man tournament at KASAI Pro on December 9 to decide KASAI’s inaugural World Lightweight champion. Part one available here. Tickets for KASAI Pro are available at kasai.ticketleap.com/kasai. The event is also live exclusively on FloGrappling.
KASAI: How will you prepare for ‘KASAI Pro’ on 12/9?
“If it was next week, I’d be prepared. The fact that I still have a month to go, even better.”
Junny: The training more or less stays the same. There will be a couple things we’ll tweak based on who I’m fighting in the group stages. Maybe my weight training changes a little bit to focus on explosiveness, so I can move bigger guys with my lighter frame. I’m going to be the smallest guy in the tournament, but I’m okay with that. We’re going to up the wrestling training, work on conditioning so I can keep my pace and bring the fight to them.
KASAI: Garry Tonon, Mansher Khera, Celso Vencinius, AJ Agazam and Gianni Grippo are also confirmed for the tournament. What do you think of your potential opponents? Any preferred matchups
“If they sleep on me, they’ll be very surprised.”
Junny: I respect all the opponents, but I’m the dark horse in this tournament. I match up well with anybody and I’m the best I’ve ever been. I made a statement at the Elite Grappling Championships. Now that I’m in the invitational, I’m ready to face any of the names at the top.
KASAI: How do you deal with a loss?
“Losses are necessary, and all losses have made me better.”
Junny: I hate losing. It bothers me beyond belief because I don’t cut corners. So, for me, a loss is very important. But you have to grow from defeat. Maybe I’ll mope around for a day, but by the next morning, I’m already focused on the future.
KASAI: Any words of wisdom for up and comers that you can share?
“Be honest with yourself, with your goals. If you work harder than anyone else in the room, you can achieve anything.”
Junny: It’s all about your work ethic. Do I believe in talent? Yes, but it’s about working hard too. Are you going to show up to training today, even though you’re tired and sore? Those little decisions add up over time, and ultimately prove to be difference between winning and losing.
For those who think they deserve something because they train hard, I say training hard is just the price of admission to compete. Once you’re there, you must let it all go in the moment. You must get the job done when it matters most.
How does one define a “Cinderella Story?” Unexpected success? Profound grit? Defying the odds? Regardless, Edwin ‘Junny’ Ocasio has a chip on his shoulder and a hunger in his gut. Only time will tell what the future holds for KASAI Pro’s X-factor.