Lucha Libre Wrestler Challenges Putin, Obama to Match

El Hijo del Fantasma / AP
• July 7, 2015 11:27 am


A world champion Mexican wrestler and aspiring politician told the Telegraph in an interview Monday that he wants to get in the ring with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

The wrestler, who goes by the name El Hijo del Fantasma (Spanish for ‘Son of the Ghost’) was asked who his dream match would be against. Without giving it a second thought, he decided on the Russian president.

"Vladimir Putin," he said. "I like him. He’s determined. He says, ‘I’m going to do this’ and then he does it. Plus, he’s a good fighter."

Fantasma said that even better than taking on Putin would be having him as a teammate to take on Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

"Putin would be great in the ring," Fantasma said. "But I’d want to fight doubles–him and me against Barack Obama and my president. We’d win for sure."

Fantasma originally had aspirations to be a politician and studied international relations at a private Catholic university with a thesis on Putin and cold war theory.

"I wanted to be a diplomat, though," he told the Telegraph. "You have to be under 30 to join the diplomatic service, so I’m too old for that now. But there is still time to go in to politics. I would like to be president."

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