The Madrid right-hander Julián López cut off today, at the closing of the San Sebastián fair, a total of three ears that served him to say goodbye on the shoulders of the Illumbe bullring, where he met a friendly and receptive audience that almost filled the stands.
In that farewell to the San Sebastián arena, which in 2023 celebrates exactly the same 25 years that Juli adds as an alternative, the veteran swordsman had a performance marked more by skill than by authentic dedication, better pulsating the spirit of the festive San Sebastian public than the conditions of the two bulls from his batch.
To his first, a manageable bull that did not put him in a single hurry, he already did a light and superficial job, without great commitment, but with which he knew how to keep the attention of the people so that he was awarded that trophy that he ended up doubling with the fifth, the best copy of the four that Jandilla released for bullfighting on foot.
Long, short, fine and with a long neck, this other specimen began using and moving very long from the cloak salute, and maintained that optimal condition during the brief pique en quites between Tomás Rufo and El Juli, the Toledo by gaoneras on feet together and the one from Madrid for those zapopinas that he brought from Mexico a long time ago and that he renamed lopecinas.
With that same dedication and clarity, Jandilla’s man started up to the media, where Julián López opened him with passes exchanged behind his back, a move that was expected deeper than it was, because he did not manage to fight in fundamental bullfighting with this one either. before ending up resorting to the sensationalism in the short distance, the typical “arrimón”.
And that was how El Juli finally managed to warm up an audience that was very supportive of his work and who once again rewarded him generously to make his farewell to an arena from Illumbe even more “friendly” that has seen him succeed many other evenings with greater forcefulness. .
But that generosity also extended to Tomás Rufo, whom many people continued to confuse with Roca Rey, the figure he came to replace at the last minute. And perhaps for this reason, up to two ears more than the only one that he ended up cutting were requested with great force thanks to a president who, with good judgment, stopped the illogical waste.
More than anything because the man from Toledo, who appeared in Donosti, passed with little control and little temper the same to his first, who grew bravely after faltering in the first tercios, that to the sixth, a bull also promptly and somewhat diminished of forces, to which he greeted portagayola but to which he moved between constant jerks, hooks and other technical mismatches.
Even so, the new matador was asked for his ears with the same force as the veteran, and surely they would have been given if they had not killed the two of the lot of two low thrusts that, by themselves, disavowed the award.
And, strangely on such a festive afternoon, there was no prize for Guillermo Hermoso de Mendoza either, who got lost between punctures with the death grate with the Capea bulls, one disrobed and another that did not stop galloping.
With the one who opened the square, the Navarrese did not quite adjust, and with his second he shone more when it came to fighting temperately with the rump of the great “Berlin” than nailing pricks and flags, with which he abounded in failures and false passes.
Four Jandilla bulls, of correct and fine presence and of good play in general, within their measured forces, and two, blunt for the rejones of Carmen Lorenzo and El Capea, of fair presence, the first disrobed and the fourth with bravery and class .
The rejoneador Guillermo Hermoso de Mendoza, in a navy blue jacket: three punctures and two pimples on the ground (silence); three punctures and a half opposite rejonazo (silence).
The Juli, in lead gray and gold: half rear lunge prone (ear); detached rear lunge (two ears). He came out on his shoulders.
Tomás Rufo, in dove gray and gold, who replaced Roca Rey: low lunge (ear with request for the second); fall lunge (return to the ring after ear request).
Among the crews, Andrés Revuelta stood out in the struggle of the sixth.
Third and last bullfight of the Semana Grande, with almost full (about 9,000 spectators) in the stands of Illumbe.
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