Red-Blooded Boxing Action in ‘Tomato Can Comeback’

Paul Hair

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Author Henry Brown joined me and others in contributing to Appalling Stories 4, the just-released anthology. Back in 2014 he wrote Tomato Can Comeback, a sports fiction novelette about a boxer looking “for a shot at redemption.” Here’s more about it from the synopsis.

Tom Garrick had a heart of gold, a jaw of iron, and heavy artillery in both fists. This orphan from the Windy City returned from the Korean War to battle his way up the welterweight ranks, inspiring speculation about a title bid. Then he slugged it out with a top contender who humiliated him over eleven rounds and cut short his victory march.

Popular opinion was he had been exposed as a lucky pretender. The newspapers dubbed him “Tomato Can” after watching the blood splatter around the ring like tomato juice from a tin can being battered by a tire iron.

Now, for some mysterious reason, ‘Tomato Can’ Garrick is lacing on the gloves again, hoping for a shot at redemption. He has no promoter, no manager, not even a sparring partner. The only one in his corner is a buddy from the war who has never been inside the boxing game before.

There’s a punch-drunk pantheon of bums, brawlers and cutthroat contenders just waiting to pound him into Palookaville ... a lonely war widow with her claws in his heart ... and a regimen of dubious training methods which may do more harm than good to his chances. But Garrick isn’t going to go down in history as “the Tomato Can” without a fight.

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