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11-Year-Old Boy Steps into Tijuana’s Bullfight Ring
Friday, July 3, 2009
An 11-year-old boy will be featured at Tijuana's Sunday afternoon bullfight. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson reached Michelito Lagravere and his father at their home in southern Mexico's Yucatan and spoke with them about how Michelito got his start.
Michelito says he was introduced to the world of bullfighting before he can remember.
"I was 15 days old when my mom took me to see my first corrida. It was my dad's."
About a year later, Michelto's dad, Michel, who has 35 years of professional bullfighting under his belt, says his son would wobble around the house pretending towels and napkins were capes.
"Everyone would laugh. But Michelito began training with other bullfighters who came around the house. I was blown away the first time my son stepped into the ring."
That's when Michelito was four.
Some people say Michelito is too young for bullfighting.
But he brushes off the barbs.
"Some people like soccer or karate. I'd never prohibit someone from doing what they like."
(All citations translated from Spanish)
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