A bull attacks a rejoneador (mounted bullfighter) and his horse during a bullfight at the Monumental Plaza de Toros México in Mexico City on February 9, 2024. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP)

A Mexican bullfighter was fighting for his life on Monday after being gored in the neck over the weekend during a show in the central state of Tlaxcala, doctors said.

José Alberto Ortega was kneeling when he was attacked by the bull on Saturday, leaving him injured in the ring before he managed to get up and run behind a barrier.

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According to a medical report issued by the bullring, the 26-year-old suffered a fractured skull and damage to his eyes, jaw, ear and neck.

He underwent surgery and is in “very serious” condition, with life-threatening injuries, he said.

Tlaxcala is a bastion of bullfighting, which was brought by Spanish conquerors in the 16th century, but faces a possible ban in the capital, Mexico City, due to a legal battle launched by animal rights activists.


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