Veteran Breeder Likens Fighting Cocks to Boxers

For veteran cockfighter and breeder Edgardo Santiago, fighting cocks and boxers have a lot in common.

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“A boxer’s training is equal to a rooster’s training,” he said.

While a boxer needs good footwork to keep his opponent at bay, a fighting cock needs good body movement to avoid getting hit. Both of them also fight in certain weight classes.

But the most fundamental trait they share is their fighting instinct. Roosters are born fighters. There is no need to provoke them.

Santiago knows what he’s talking about. He has 37 years of experience in cockfighting and breeding under his belt, beginning at age 12. His early exposure to fighting cocks led him to breeding business.

“I used to help my father in breeding roosters,” he recalled. “Every day at 5:30 in the morning, I feed the roosters that are not scheduled for training. Then at 8 a.m., I would start exercising the fighting cocks.”

Boxing and cockfighting are also both considered as gentleman’s sport, albeit in a different light.

Boxers typically don’t hold personal grudges even after a brutal fight. Fighting cock owners and bettors, on the other hand, don’t run away following a loss even without a binding document that requires them to pay up.

Do you agree with Santiago? Or do you have other comparison to fighting cocks in mind?


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