Liam Messam back in ring a week after Fight For Life

By Will Trafford

Te Ao Toa presenter Liam Messam won his bout against Tussi Asafo at the 'Clash of the Trades' in Waikato on Saturday but he says the most important thing was being on the sideline to support his mate David “Tiger Hood” latu, who - alongside his opponent, lost 40kg in the lead-up to his clash. Video / Carole Reynolds

Just a week after his win in the Fight for Life against ex-Warriors star James Gavet, Liam Messam was back in the ring headlining the Clash of the Trades in Kirikiriroa on Saturday.

The fight had been put off since 2021 because of Covid.

The Chiefs and All Blacks legend secured a win in the second round and, while he didn't underestimate his own fight, the most important thing was being ringside to tautoko his friend David “Tiger Hood” latu.

Latu and his opponent both lost nearly 40kg in their own personal battles against the bulge, leading up to fight night.

Latu ultimately making his mate proud, securing a win as well.

Te Ao Toa presenter and Liam Messam won his bout against Tussi Asafo at the 'Clash of the Trades' in Waikato on Saturday

Photo / Carole Reynolds