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Child bullfighter’s world record hopes dashed

Guinness World Records said it will not recognise the achievement of an 11-year-old Mexican boy who killed six bulls in one fight.

According to Mexico’s National Association of Matadors, Michel “Michelito” Lagravere set the international record at his age for bull calves killed in a two-hour fight watched by more than 3,500 people.

But Guinness World Records said it was not aware that the event was taking place and will not recognise the result.

“We do not accept records based on the killing or harming of animals,” it said on its website.

Michelito, who turned 11 in December, took the news in his stride. “It’s all the same to me because in the world of bullfighting the record is now part of history, although it may not be for Guinness,” he said.

Michelito’s parents and the organisers of the fights in which he stars have been criticised for allowing the 4ft 5in tall fighter to risk his safety in the ring at such a young age.

A child welfare law enacted last year in Michelito’s home state led authorities to briefly suspend last Saturday’s landmark bullfight. Investigators allowed the show to go on, but the Yucatan state human rights commission said it still has concerns.

His father runs a school for matadors and his mother, Diana Peniche Marenco, said her son has “got it in his blood”.

Michelito said in his spare time, “he likes to relax by dissecting  frogs and blowing  up lizards with firecrackers”.

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