PressBoxPr caught up earlier this week with MTK Globals’ International Consultant, Mike Altamura.
MTK manage Tyson Fury and former Aussie fighter Mike is an expert on boxing markets in different regions, having been instrumental in securing his previous fights, as well as being heavily involved in all future engagements, including Anthony Joshua.
FURY WILDER III POTENTIAL LOCATIONS
Mike Altamura: “We have been in constant discussions with our promoter Bob Arum and right now the prominent sites are Macau and Las Vegas – they’ve been discussing running the event at Allegiance Stadium, the new home of The Raiders. Kind of like a scaled-back event because they still have to figure out the capacity. And there is also the exciting proposition of the event coming to Sydney, Australia.
“I would say Australia is a slight outsider. I think Macau is looking pretty promising, and from what I understand Las Vegas is too.
“Late 2020 is the target, so probably November or December period, I can’t see the fight shifting in 2021 because ideally we’d want to keep 2021 free to explore the Anthony Joshua possibilities once Tyson Fury has handled his obligations, but we are no way underestimating the challenge that is Deontay Wilder.”
MACAU FRONT RUNNER TO HOST TRILOGY
“There’s so much positive business history between Top Rank and the sites in Macau, particularly The Venetian casino, so it would be open and shut in regards to what the site fee would be. And then it’s just weighing up what time the event would ideally be hosted to allow for optimal revenue for PPV streams around the world, so that’s why Macau makes sense, but it’s still very early days.”
SYDNEY TALKS ADVANCED
“The talks have been relatively advanced between Top Rank and D&L. D&L previously hosted the Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn bout, so they’ve had quite a bit of success in relation to drawing government grants, securing funding from the tourism sector, so we’ve just got to weigh up the options.
“If you look at the Horn-Pacquiao event in Australia, and you look at the investment from the government, and then also the tourism, and the stimulation in the economy it provided, there are a lot of upsides in bringing the biggest events in the world to Australia.”
VEGAS IN THE MIX
“With Las Vegas, for example, that wouldn’t be full capacity from what I understand. I’m not sure if Vegas would be a 10,000 person cap, or what the numbers would be, but it would have to be something that would logistically work for Top Rank to promote the fight.”
RESPONSE TO BARRY HEARN’S DOUBTS ABOUT THE TRILOGY TAKING PLACE
“In the times we are currently dealing with, there are so many different factors that are affected, but there’s a reason why Top Rank has been at the absolute elite of the sport for 50 years now, that’s because they dot all the Is and cross the Ts. Part of the process right now is exploring the best possible options. We are very confident that when those options are put on the table, the deal will be satisfying for all parties. In regards to Barry Hearn’s comments, we have full confidence in our promoter Top Rank being able to secure the necessary deals.”