Mexican fighters take their ring to floating gardens of Xochimilco

Mexico, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- A group of Mexican professional fighters took their sport to Xochimilco on Saturday to try to revive this spectacle and promote the economic recovery of this former lake zone of the Mexican capital.

“Xochimilco is a mythical place with incredible tranquility; we traded the applause of the audience for the chirping of birds,” said wrestler Gran Felipe Junior, one of the promoters of the event called Chinampalucha.

The decision to bring the fighting event to this tourist region of the Mexican capital was also aimed at promoting health measures against the novel coronavirus and supporting the reopening of Xochimilco, which resumed activity on Friday after being closed for five months due to the crisis.

In one of the multiple chinampas – artificial islands created in swampy areas by piling up mud from the bottom of a shallow swamp -, they created the ring where some half a dozen fighters locked horns.

The main draw was the contest between the wrestlers Sol Covid19 and Devil Junior, in which the latter emerged victorious over the virus namesake.

Other fighters taking part in the event were Gran Felipe Junior, Thunder Storm, Ciclonico, Mister Jerry and Hip Hop Man.

Gran Felipe Junior said the idea of conducting wrestling events was the result of a conversation with his brothers since they all have a small company in Xochimilco that is dedicated to presenting such shows.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the brothers were involved in setting up private functions but then learned that other groups were doing so in other places too, so they thought of organizing one in chinampas with its canoes and jetties.

Mexico has so far recorded a total 556,216 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 60,254 deaths, according to figures released by the health secretariat on Saturday.

The Mexican capital, along with the states of Mexico (center), Guanajuato (center), Tabasco (southeast) and Veracruz (east), are among the most severely affected by the novel coronavirus, and together they account for around 40 percent of the total cases in the country.

On Friday, the World Health Organization said that the extent of the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico is greater than it appears based on the official statistics, given that testing has continued to be limited while test positivity has remained very high at nearly 50 percent. EFE-EPA


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