Rappers a smash hit

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 09:59 22/12/2013
Tyree

SMASH PROOF: Tyree

Relevant offers

Music

Taylor Swift saved Dave Grohl from humiliating performance Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway Slain Voice contestant's killer 'believed Christina Grimmie was his soul mate' Simon Sweetman: A song you love by a band you hate TLC crowdfunds final album Chance meeting sees nation's Top 40 chart come out of isolated Hawke's Bay cottage Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for Stairway A muddy start to Glastonbury Festival 2016 Kiwi artist Graham Hoete praised for mural in Prince's hometown Jay Z and Beyoncé live it up in Hawaii

They're Smashproof by name and smash-proof by nature.

Tyree Tautogia (aka Niue) was an immediate hit when he became the second member of New Zealand's most successful hip-hop group to step into the ring.

Tautogia made his debut at an Auckland Boxing Association fight night against Hayden Kopua and won by a unanimous decision. The South Auckland rapper now joins fellow band member Young Sid (aka Sidney Diamond) as undefeated in the ring.

"I felt pretty mean after the fight . . . [I] got the result I wanted," Tautogia says.

Weighing in at 98kg for last month's fight, Tautogia wants to be down to 90kg by February 1, when he is pencilled in for another bout, in Hamilton.

"I thought I was fit but it was a bit of an eye-opener," he says. "Now I'm training hard out because if I want to continue fighting . . . I need to be super-fit."

Young Sid is 4-0 as a kickboxer after defeating Quintin Beatty last Sunday. Which leaves Smashproof's Deach (Fred Faafou) yet to step into the ring.

"I'm already working on that," Tautogia says. "We want to get the whole group in the ring and really be smash-proof."

Ad Feedback

- Sunday News

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content