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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007, 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK
Shot boxer pronounced brain dead
James Oyebola
James Oyebola retired from boxing in 1996
A former British heavyweight boxer who was shot when he asked customers at a club to stop smoking has been declared brain dead, his solicitor has said.

Scott Ewing said James Oyebola's life-support machine would be switched off by doctors on Friday.

Mr Oyebola, 47, was shot in the head and leg in a courtyard at the back of Chateau 6 in Fulham Road, south-west London, in the early hours of Monday.

His attackers opened fire as they left the club and fled on foot.

Final farewell

Mr Ewing said his client was being kept alive on Thursday so family members could pay their last respects.

Consultants will legally declare him dead just before midday on Friday and switch off his life-support machine.

Mr Ewing said: "James is now brain dead. There will be a meeting tomorrow where two consultants will do legally required tests.

"He is being artificially kept alive for members of the family to pay their last respects. But there's no chance, none whatsoever."

Police believe three black suspects, aged between 19 and 25, ran from the club in separate directions.

Mr Oyebola, who was born in Nigeria, won 18 of his 23 fights, and was a bronze medallist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

He won the WBC international heavyweight title in 1993 and retired in 1996.


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