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The announcement of Enrique Ponce’s return to the ring has not been a shock, however it’s shocking that he returns to dressing up in lights after his retirement in June 2021, and that he does so after the celebration of the primary festivals.

The choice of somebody who was a vital determine in bullfighting provides rise to controversy over the chance to see him once more on posters and the curiosity that his presence could arouse amongst followers.

Go forward and say that Enrique Ponce has the precise to take the trail that he considers most useful for his pursuits, and if there’s a businessman prepared to rent him, there may be nothing to object to; And, what’s extra, if the general public stops by the field workplace to see it, it is an actual deal with.

When he hung up the swimsuit of lights in June 2021, Ponce had lengthy ceased to be of curiosity as a number one determine.

But that’s the enterprise of the businessman, who glimpses a chance of revenue, and of the bullfighter himself, who makes cash by kissing alberos of little duty.

A unique difficulty is the contribution that Ponce’s presence makes to bullfighting presently, in want of the renewal of a ranks filled with veterans and the emergence of recent faces that excite the followers.

Without any intention of disturbing, the very first thing that must be remembered is the well-known anecdote attributed to Juan Belmonte by which it’s mentioned that, whereas in Madrid, a retired bullfighter approached him and mentioned: ‘Master, I’m going to return’, and the person from Triana responded: ‘Has anybody referred to as you?’

Enrique Ponce, in the Plaza de San Sebastián in 2018.
Enrique Ponce, within the Plaza de San Sebastián in 2018.Javier Etxezarreta (EFE)

Let it’s identified, Ponce has been referred to as by businessman Simón Casas, who has provided him the Plaza de Nimes in order that he can re-enter his enviornment on May 17. Or maybe it was the Valencian bullfighter who referred to as the French bullfighter?

Be that as it could, the reality is that there isn’t any clamor amongst bullfighting followers demanding the return of the bullfighter. There is not. When he determined to hold up his swimsuit of lights, Ponce had lengthy since ceased to be as fascinating as in his greatest days as a result of he himself had opted for the simple route of the mechanical bull with which he discovered himself in a cushty zone of tranquility in his function as an skilled nurse.

It can also be identified that the return of the bullfighters is a double-edged sword; With uncommon exceptions, there are legions of those that placed on the swimsuit of lights once more and undergo the ranks with out ache or glory; Perhaps this is able to not be the case of Ponce, which has a excessive popularity in lots of locations, however watch out to not tempt destiny.

Welcome to the bullfighter; however, if he returns, could he have the distinction of deserving such a distinguished appellation.

The reality is that present bullfighting cries out for a rejuvenation of the posters, new bullfighters with completely different shapes and the power to awaken illusions. And there are, after all; however it’s important to make approach for them and make room for them. (By the best way, the reappearance of Ponce would take away positions from different bullfighters with the will for triumph that the Valencian had in his beginnings).

Finally, has anybody missed Ponce throughout his day off?

It appears not. Suppose, nevertheless, that the bullfighter precipitated his retirement for private causes, and now feels the decision to ratify his standing as a number one determine and the respectable want to retire within the scent of crowds.

If so, which can be, let it’s introduced within the Fallas, on the April Fair later, shut its admirable profession with six bulls in San Isidro, and canopy the mouths of all of the disbelievers, like this one who writes, who mistrust of his intentions.

Only on this approach will he put a of completion to his lengthy and profitable profession as a bullfighter. The relaxation smells like mothballs, he tastes rancid, and, as soon as once more, it will likely be the demonstration that bullfighters – on this case, Enrique Ponce – solely intend to acquire monetary returns from their time on this occupation.

Welcome to the bullfighter. But, if he returns, could he have the distinction of deserving such a distinguished appellation.

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