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  • n. 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.
  • n. A boxer who “takes a dive” or loses a fight on purpose.

Etymologies

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

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