Injured Samoan boxer doing much better

Aug. 10, 2008, 2:18 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Injured Samoan boxer Farani Tavui is likely to be released from a hospital Sunday after an overnight stay following his frightening knockout loss in his opening bout.

Tavui staggered around the ring twice and dropped to the canvas unconscious in the third round of his fight against Croatia's Marijo Sivolija-Jelica. Tavui, the light heavyweight Oceania champion, was removed from the ring on a stretcher.

International Amateur Boxing Association spokesman Richard Baker said Tavui is in good condition and should be free to go home Sunday. Ringside doctor Charles Butler suspected Tavui's injuries weren't serious when he sent the fighter to the hospital for observation.

"I would bet he'll be absolutely fine, but I would never bet a young man's life," said Butler, the chairman of AIBA's medical commission.