Mike Altamura, Boxing & Wrestling Journalist:
12th June 2003
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been writing for almost 7 ½ years now, focusing
mainly in the fields of professional boxing and wrestling.
Boxing-wise, I've written for Fighter
magazine and Ray Wheatley's
World of Boxing,
as well as numerous websites. In wrestling, I would
say the most prominent places I've worked for are
newsletter, Pro Wrestling Daily, PWBTS,
Power of Wrestling (POW)
Holds Barred Wrestling , SLAM!
Wrestling, and Total Wrestling
magazine. At this present time, I still work
for the latter three wrestling mediums I listed.
are your aims and objectives?
aims are to become so powerful as a writer that I'll
someday have world supremacy (laughs). Just kidding.
My aim would be to keep producing work which doesn't
insult the intelligence of the audience, and my objective
would be to try and ensure those people who read my
articles and interviews come away with a certain reaction,
whether it is positive or negative.
do you do on a day to day basis?
at the moment I'm a full-time university student.
Writing is really only a part-time vocation for me,
although I probably do devote 30-40 hours a week to
it when you consider watching the latest tapes,
making countless phone calls to stay ahead of the
game, and actually sitting down and scribbling something
question. I'd probably say the drive to prove critics
wrong, and the desire to keep earning the respect
of the generation today and the generations to come.
I can honestly say, when I started writing I
probably didn't have the skills of countless others
that have never been granted the opportunity to showcase
their works in high-profile places, but I had heart
and desire and if you've ever watched Rocky,
you'd know it's difficult to stop a man on a mission.
are some of your major accomplishments?
not one to boast. I prefer to let my writing do the
talking. But, if I had to outline anything, firstly
it would be working for Bill
Apter and the team at Power
of Wrestling and now Total
Wrestling over the last 1 ½ years. Secondly,
I would probably say a story on Tammy Lynn Sytch,
titled Sunny Days, Wintry Nights,
which I wrote for SLAM! Wrestling
in December 2001. The piece was extraordinarily long
(like 5,000 words), and would have undoubtedly been
long forgotten by people, but it reflected a change
of fortunes for me and on that note, I would say its
the best story I've written to date.
you have any mentors, and if so, who and why?
actually a few. Bill Apter. I grew up reading all
the magazines Bill wrote in; PWI,
The Wrestler, Wrestle America, Sports
Review Wrestling and so on. I thought he had
the most brilliant job in the world
(and still do), and I too, someday, wanted to have
my name published in wrestling magazines. To work
with him nowadays is just an honour. Hopefully in
time he rubs off some of his creative wits on me.
forever be thankful for the opportunity he's given
and John Powell, the
editors at SLAM!, have
also been an inspiration because of their fine examples
of upholding journalism integrity and remaining true
to themselves in doing so. And last, but
definitely not least, Australian wrestler Henry
"Lobo" Jones, because of his work
ethic, professional attitude towards the wrestling
business, and his honesty.
are you studing at University?
am currently in my second year of a bachelor of journalism
course at LaTrobe University.
platforms of media do you prefer?
like print journalism. I'm not the greatest of speakers,
so that basically rules out any hope of ever making
it in the radio and television streams (laughs).
does the internet help you?
internet is a tremendous resource. For instance, if
it wasn't for the internet, I wouldn't be able to
communicate with editors in such a timely manner.
And there's so much information out there. Some of
the more experienced journalists tell me about the
pre-internet days, where it took weeks to garner enough
resources to compile a story and it was difficult
to communicate with people in another country. The
internet has changed all that. Instead of weeks it
takes only minutes to collect relevant information
for the bulk of stories.
news media websites do you visit?
than the websites I work for, I'm a regular at maxboxing.com,
of course, I've recently become acquainted with mediaman.com.au!
do you like about pro wrestling?
put, the wrestling. I don't mind the sideshow stuff,
like the backstage vignettes, but I think you need
a reasonable balance and the in-ring action should
be, predominantly, the main focus. I enjoy the
athletic and psychological side of the business. The
matches that strike a chord with me are generally
those that are able to temporarily suspend your disbelief.
have you been described?
well-tanned, the body of an Adonis (laughs). Kidding
again. It's difficult because there are so many various
accounts of who and what I am circulating. I think
most people would see me as hard-working,
honest, somewhat stubborn, and conservative.
are your short, medium and long term goals?
is keep doing what I'm doing. I'm quite happy with
the way proceedings are going at the moment, and so
I'm hoping to just maintain my current status. Medium
term would be to probably start writing more on boxing,
as I've drastically reduced that aspect of my game
in recent months. Long-term, that's a difficult one.
Maybe to have some job security, so I can FINALLY
pay off my university bills once I finish my degree,
and to keep entertaining the readers for however long
I'm around, because without them we wouldn't have
the avenue to have our pieces published.
else would you like to share with our media and wrestling
would like to thank everyone for reading this interview
and like I said before, making it possible for me
to share something I'm passionate about with all of
you. I think that too often people in the wrestling
business forget about those people that contributed
to their ascent by shelling out money for them and
buying their products. If for whatever reason you'e
interested in contacting me, please don't hesitate
email me at email@example.com
I respond to every e-mail I receive (that's not spam!),
and I'm not just saying that. Thank you again, it's
been a privilege to chat today.
note: I am dam impressed. You will be seeing a lot
more of Mike Altamura in the future. We hope to further
work in with Mike. See you at the top.
of Birth: September 15, 1983
Weight: 216 pounds
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Brief Resume: Just listed a small percentage of websites
I've worked at
Total Wrestling Magazine (August 2002 - Present)
* Power Of Wrestling Magazine (POW) (February 2002
- August 2002)
* Plan Dementure Wrestling Ghoul (PDWG) Magazine (August
2002 - November 2002)
* Fighter Magazine (October 2002 - November 2002)
* The World of Boxing (March 1998 - September 1999)
* The Wrestling Enquirer (Senior Editor August 2000)
* Squared Circle Magazine (March 2001 - July 2001,
* The Calgary Sun (August 17, 2001)
* Sun Media (based in Canada) August 2001 - May 2002,
April 2003 - Present
* The Factor (December 1996 - 1999)
* The Wrestling Spectator (January 2000 - July 2000)
* Wrestling Weekly (December 1999 - July 2000)
Slam! Wrestling http://www.canoe.ca/slamwrestling
(June 2001 - May 2002, April 2003 - Present)
* No Holds Barred Wrestling http://www.noholdsbarredwrestling.com
(December 2002 - Present)
* Audio Wrestling http://www.audiowrestling.com
(January 2003 - Present)
* Moonsault Network http://www.moonsault.com
(February 2003 - Present)
* Pro Wrestling Between The Sheets http://www.pwbts.com
(February 2003 - April 2003)
* Wrestling Defined http://www.wrestlingdefined.com
(February 2003 - April 2003)
* Dragon Press King " http://www.dragonpressking.com
(February 2003 - April 2003)
* The Official Caryn Mower website http://www.Carynmower.com
(February 2001 - Present)
* The Wrestling Online Newsletter http://www.wrestling-online.com
(March 2002 - April 2002)
* USA! Indy http://www.usaindy.com
(June 2002 - August 2002)
* Wrestle Geeks http://www.wrestlegeeks.com
(July 2002 - August 2002)
* The Spear http://www.thespear.com
(January 2000- April 2000)
* Pro Wrestling Daily
http://www.Prowrestlingdaily.com (January 2000
- February 2000)
* WWF Down Under http://wwfdownunder.com
(November 1999 - March 2002)
* Wrestling Resources wrestlingresources.com
(February 2001- December 2001)
* Marking Out Network markingout.com
(January 2001 - May 2001)
* TN ( The News) Newsletter (January 2000- May 2000)
* Red Hot Divas redhotdivas.com
(June 2001- July 2001)
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