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San Fermin Fair: Brave and insubstantial Roca Rey | Culture

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Roca Rey has a lot of merit for his ability to connect with the stands, for his dazzling courage, for his way of executing the supreme feat… but he also shows some worrying defects, such as his increasingly superficial concept of bullfighting and his disorganized, insubstantial and sensationalist work.

As happened last year, he captivated the Pamplona public, cut three ears and left on shoulders, and perhaps he did so with justice because he entertained, and how, these very festive stands; but when he called out with both hands two greedy and noble bulls, he did so in a relaxed, opportunistic and vulgar way; he gave many passes, but he did very little bullfighting, and not even his many Sanfermin admirers recognized him for it.

But Roca cultivates his positive qualities very well. The first, the attitude. He goes out into the ring to give it his all, to risk his life, which is no small thing. His first was the bull with the most spectacular rigging of this and many fairs. You had to be a great bullfighter to put your shoes down in front of such horns. And Roca did it. He received that first bull with a bunch of clean veronicas and a close pass with saltilleras. And he began the faena with the muleta on his knees in the center of the ring to pass the bull behind him on two occasions and draw four meritorious and long right-handed passes. It is not necessary to indicate that this demonstration of courage was more than enough for an audience totally devoted to the Peruvian. What came next was another story: three series on the right and two on the left, detached, relieved and lacking depth, a crowded and dispensable bullfighting; Then, he came close to warm up the crowd again and, yes, he went for the kill with a tremendous truth between the two fine horns that were scary from afar.

Faced with the fifth, less brilliant and duller than the previous one, but also noble and greedy, he opted for an inverted circular movement and to remain firm and close to the horns when he understood that his passes lacked content. But, once again, at the moment of killing, a cannon, a great thrust that earned him a third ear.

Tomás Rufo cut two, and from his hands came the best bullfighting of the afternoon. He was paid less attention than Roca because he is less passionate and more severe in appearance, but he positioned himself better and his slow, long, measured and close passes to the third of the afternoon exuded aroma and depth. He also began on his knees, as is mandatory in this ring, with four meritorious right-handed passes and a complete circular pass of great bullfighting, and finished with manoletinas. The most lackluster bull was the sixth, and Rufo was not intimidated by the genius of an opponent who refused to cooperate. He subdued him with power, stole some interesting passes, always crossed, but he killed badly and was left without a trophy.

And Miguel Ángel Perera opened the ring, solvent, firm, sure, cold and detached with his first bull, as valid as the next four. Curiously, he was more lucid with the fourth, which loosened its head and seemed more difficult than it later was thanks to the veteran bullfighter’s command. Perera lowered his hands and taught him to charge, to the point of signing a couple of good series of natural passes in the context of a very long bullfight, which ended with three circular passes and a warning before going in for the kill.

And the bulls? Fuente Ymbro presented a corrida of impeccable presence, complicated for the cape work, very uneven in the varas – they were shamelessly tame – but the first five showed caste and nobility in the third of muleta. It is evident that today’s breeders do not select for the third of picador, but for the enjoyment, when there is any, of the bullfighters.

Ymbro/Perera Fountain, Roca Rey, Rufo

Bulls of Ymbro sourcevery well presented (the second, with spectacular rigging), very uneven in the lengths, with predominance of tameness, and noble, greedy and cast in the final third. The most lackluster, the sixth.

Miguel Angel Perera: low medium, perpendicular and rear (ovation); -warning- rear stab (ear).

Rock King: great thrust (two ears); thrust (ear).

Thomas Rufus: low thrust (two ears); half perpendicular and low -warning- almost entire low and two descabellos (silence).

Roca Rey and Tomás Rufo were carried out on shoulders through the main door.

Pamplona SquareJuly 10th. Fourth bullfight of the San Fermin Fair. Full house.

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