After playing ten years Rugby league with the Manly Sea Eagles in Sydney and in New Zealand, it was in 2003 when he walked in Rex Redden's gym to have an off-season training for rugby. Redden recognized Tato's natural talent immediately and talked him into to train professionally. He got his first amateur kickboxing fight in 2005.
In 2006 in the space of three months and three fights, Tato went from relatively unknown former rugby league player with one amateur bout and two professional fights under his belt, to a rising K-1 star. Daniel Tai, a 100-fight veteran, former kiwi muay thai champion Charlie Smiler and Australia's former world cruiserweight champion Steve McKinnon, have all fallen victims to Tato's thunderous blows.
|7 Wins (3 (T)KO's, 4 Decisions), 0 Losses|
|09/15/2007||Loss||Kaota Puna||Cage Wars Porirua||Arm Bar||2|
|04/14/2007||Loss||Andrew Peck||Kings of Oceania 2007 in Auckland||TKO (High Kick}||2|
|04/14/2007||Loss||Eric Nosa||Kings of Oceania 2007 in Auckland||Decision||3||3:00|
|11/18/2006||Win||Steve McKinnon||Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 3||KO (punches)||1||2:30|
|10/28/2006||Win||Charlie Smiler||Porirua Fights and Hot Rods 2006||Decision Etr. Rd.||4||3:00|
|09/16/2006||Win||Daniel Tai||Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 2||Decision||3||3:00|