August 17, 2009

Brit, 67, comes out of matador retirement

A 67-year-old British matador who was ordered by his doctor to retire more than five years ago has announced he will return to the ring in Spain.

Frank Evans, a grandfather-of-five from Salford, England, said he will once again don the bullfighting moniker El Ingles -- The English -- and face off against a bull in Benalmadena, Spain, later this month, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

I am just delighted to be able to get back into that same bullring and show that I am better than ever, said Evans, who quit bullfighting in 2005 after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass and knee replacement surgery.

People should take me as an example of what can be achieved later in life. If I can do this at my age then surely that proves anything is possible, he said.