Biography of Eladio Amorós Cervigón (1903-1987)

Bullfighter Spanish, born in Madrid on September 27, 1903 and died in Salamanca on July 28, 1987. During the first years of his bullfighting career announced in posters with the artistic nickname of "El Chico de la Revoltosa", which referred to the name of the shoe-making ("La Revoltosa") run by his family in Salamanca. This Leonese city he/she had moved, still a child, in the company of their own; that is why some historians Cúchares art den by the way the error in which were many fans who saw fight to Eladio Amorós, that believed you the Charro capital natural.

Madrid, since birth, the truth is that Eladio Amorós grew from his early childhood in a Salamanca land in which the world of the bull - with its large livestock farms - occupied a preponderant role. Immersed in this environment, he/she felt the awakening of a taurine vocation that could not begin to develop until, by imperative family, not he/she had finished using their primary studies. So, once completed his basic training, he/she received the support of their elders and, with only thirteen years of age, is put for the first time a suit of frog closures to debut in the small arena of Tejares. It was, then, the year of 1916, date in which started an irregular novilleril path that, with all the ups and downs and difficulties inherent in learning the hard trade of bullfighting, not given a chance to introduce ourselves in Madrid until July 19, 1921; It was then that he/she made his first paseíllo by the arena in the Spanish capital, announced on a poster which also contained the bullfighters Francisco Almonte and "Nacional II". Be played that afternoon cattle belonging to the livestock of the poet of the generation of the 27 Fernando Villalón, who feature the chroniclers of the time which led to ruin your blemish, in its efforts to raise wild cattle that had blue eyes.

Offers no limits for a modest contender as Eladio Amorós, so the young right-hander was limited to the circuit novilleril until the 1928 season, when he/she had been a year costuming lights his younger brother, José Amorós Cervigón ("Pepe Amorós"), born in 1913. Throughout the campaign of 1928, Eladio managed to relaunch his career and intervened in twelve novilladas, estimated that at the end of the year that was in conditions to enter the ranks of matadors of bulls. And, indeed, on October 13 of that season, in the sands of the plaza de Zaragoza, received the alternative from the hands of his godfather, the sevillano - although raised also in Salamanca lands - Manuel Jiménez Moreno ("Chicuelo"), who gave to the toricantano tackle in the presence of the witness Nicanor Villalta and Serris.

With the aim to confirm before the first fans of the world of the validity of this title of doctor in bullfighting, Eladio Amorós appeared in the Mexico City arena on April 21, 1929, date in which the famed Madrid sword Martial Lalanda del Pino confirmed its alternative under the watchful eye of the not less famous Valencian matador Vicente Barrera and Chamberthat was as a witness in such emotive ceremony.

Since then, Eladio Amorós career – soon overshadowed by the successes began to harvest his brother - entered a pronunciation decline which precipitated her last rungs of the ladder top. In 1932, only three years after receiving the alternative, he/she dressed in lights on one single occasion, already expired almost a season in which the skilled charro had gone unpublished. It was on the sands of Madrid, on 6 November of that year, in a cartel organized by the Malaga coletudo quirky Matías Lara Merino ("Larita") to star in one of their routine "Goodbyes" from the active practice of bullfighting. The rawness of the chroniclers of the time not accommodates any speculation about the place the greater the Amorós occupied on the predilection of fans; so in emphatic showed, v. gr., critic and historian Ventura Bagüés Nasarre de Letona ("Don Ventura") in his famous history of the matadors from bullfighting (1738-1943): "In 1931 Eladio Amorós was over".

Own Bullfighter should warn and take this resounding failure in its efforts to become art of Cúchares figure, since soon he/she moved the matadors gold by the silver of the subordinates. And so, as a banderillero, formed part of various gangs that accompanied the most important matadors of his time, to end up becoming one of the usual pawns of his brother José. However, nor a dazzling place among the bullfighters dressed in silver, so ended up retreating to the peace of his Salamanca domains, in which dwelt until the time of his death.

In the view of don José María de Cossío, adversity prevented Eladio Amorós happened to the annals of bullfighting as one of the outstanding of its time, since it was "a great bullfighter, or at least [...] a good torero failed". However, after lavish this praise, the great scholar of the Fiesta Brava recognizes quite a few defects in the right-handed bred in charro field, such as "lack of passion" and the "knowledge acquired in its early years, surplus learning cunning, cheats and relief that they had to prostitute his art".


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