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Covered by zinc tiles, the place was left empty two months ago due to measures to contain the spread of the virus, which until Tuesday left 5,666 dead and 54,346 infected in Mexico. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)
Covered by zinc tiles, the place was left empty two months ago due to measures to contain the spread of the virus, which until Tuesday left 5,666 dead and 54,346 infected in Mexico. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)

While many miss the kisses and hugs that the quarantine stole from them for the new coronavirus, the Mexican fighter Galen of Evil he misses hitting and taking hits in the ring, and hearing applause and insults from the public alike.

"They don't know how much I miss being in a ring, being with the public and, boom, a blow to one, a blow to another", The 18-year-old tells AFP after a brief training with the son of Dr. Wagner, his older brother.

Both practice in a family-owned wrestling arena in Nezahualcóyotl, a suburb near Mexico City.

Covered by zinc tiles, the place was empty two months ago Given the measures to contain the spread of the virus, which until Tuesday left 5,666 dead and 54,346 infected in Mexico.

"For me, the public is important, to listen to them who swear or support me," says Galeno del Mal. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)
"For me, the public is important, to listen to them who swear or support me," says Galeno del Mal. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)

"I miss hitting fighters, they hit me too, I really like being hit", adds Galen of Evil with his tricolor mask and a gesture of enthusiasm as if the metal benches suddenly filled with people.

But the reality is that the Aztec Arena Budokan, with capacity for about 300 spectators, is lonely. Posters of past encounters and press photographs remain as witnesses of this show -a fundamental part of Mexican culture- before the pandemic.

"For me, the public is important, to listen to them who swear or support me"

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, affirms Galen of Evil.

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He and his brother are the third generation of a dynasty of fighters started by his grandfather, Alfonso ‘Acorazado’ Moreno, whose black and white photo They proudly display on a mural alongside those of several fighters in daring costumes.

Fight anxiety

Accustomed to rudeness, the portly brothers live the quarantine like caged lions. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)
Accustomed to rudeness, the portly brothers live the quarantine like caged lions. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)

Accustomed to rudeness, the big brothers live the quarantine like caged lions.

"Monday gave me a type of anxiety attack in which I said to my mother: 'I can't stand it anymore, I can't anymore!' I felt stunned, I felt that I couldn't fit anywhere", confesses the son of Dr. Wagner, 28 years old.

"At first I did everything, but the time comes when you have nothing to do," says his masked brother, annoyed at having to wear masks. "With the mask one gets used to (...), but the mask covers hurt".

With the gyms closed, they try to visit the family arena to keep fit: a brief warm-up, followed by ropes, movements against the ropes and keys in the ring.

"We try to come to the ring twice a week and perfect movements made or learn new ones", says the son of Dr. Wagner, who a little over a month ago had to perform behind closed doors in a Japanese arena - where Mexican fighters are very popular - due to the epidemic.

Dreaming of the crowded sand

They are also nephews of Silver King, who died of a sudden heart attack in the ring during an exhibition in London in May 2019 (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)
They are also nephews of Silver King, who died of a sudden heart attack in the ring during an exhibition in London in May 2019 (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)

These lithe gladiators are the sons of Dr. Wagner Jr. and Rossy Moreno, two famous fighters who in turn are the children of Dr. Wagner (grandfather) and ‘Acorazado’ Moreno, respectively.

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They are also nephews of Silver King, who died of a sudden heart attack in the ring during an exhibition in London in May 2019, and of El Oriental, brother of Rossy Moreno and Esther, Alda and Cynthia, also renowned fighters.

The story of all of them - who hide their identities and their faces with extreme zeal - is in the dozens of photographs that decorate the stage, where an image of Dr. Wagner's son on his debut day.

No date to reopen, the oldest of the brothers Take the opportunity to teach the teenager everything he learned from his parents and uncles.

the oldest of the brothers takes the opportunity to teach the teenager everything he learned from his parents and uncles. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)
the oldest of the brothers takes the opportunity to teach the teenager everything he learned from his parents and uncles. (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP)

“He is very young, (you have to) guide him little by little. It is an age in which we are forming a character, a temperament, transmitting it to him is a great job ”, says Dr. Wagner's son.

His brother also concentrates on training and dreams of hearing the screams of the public soon: "I see her and I say, chale (rays), I would love to fight this weekend (weekend) that comes and that the arena is full."

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