Sen. Elbert Guillory (R., Opelousas) appears to like poultry pugilism. Chicken boxing, that is. Guillory left a number of his colleagues scratching their heads when he raised the distinction between cockfighting and “chicken boxing,” the latter involving chickens wearing little gloves as opposed to razors to fight.
Guillory wanted to make sure that a proposal to tighten cock fighting rules did not also ban good ole chicken boxing. Guillory was worried about a felony for possession paraphernalia, such as razors, spurs and leather spur cover. After all, “Leather spur covers and plastic spur covers, um, that are used in the legitimate sport of chicken boxing might be considered paraphernalia.”
Democratic state Sen. J.P. Morrell seemed sucker punched: “Wait, wait, wait … chicken boxing?” “Yes, chicken boxing,” Guillory confirmed.
Guillory appeared to human experience: “Just as dueling is a blood sport, two men fighting each other with swords is a blood sport that is illegal . . . two men with boxing gloves on can box each other as a sport that is legal. This is the same distinction between chicken boxing and cockfighting.”
Of course, with breeds like “Jersey Giants” and “Plymouth Rocks”, professional wrestling may not be far behind for the chicken weight class.