Tomato-can meaning

(slang, boxing, derogatory) An inferior fighter in the sport of boxing; The insinuation is that an up and coming fighter takes on a “tomato can” to burnish his reputation and record.
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(slang, boxing) A boxer who “takes a dive” or loses a fight on purpose.
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Origin of tomato-can

  • Presumably because of tendency to bleed when battered, tomato juice leaking from a can being a metaphor for bleeding.

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