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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2007, 03:40 GMT 04:40 UK
Shot boxer's life support to end
James Oyebola
James Oyebola retired from boxing in 1996
The life-support machine which has been keeping a former British heavyweight boxer alive since he was shot outside a London club is to be switched off.

James Oyebola, 47, was shot at the back of Chateau 6 in Fulham Road, south-west London, in the early hours of Monday, after asking customers to stop smoking.

Doctors declared Mr Oyebola brain dead on Thursday.

His solicitor, Scott Ewing, said he was being kept alive to allow family members to pay their last respects.

There's no chance, none whatsoever
Mr Oyebola's solicitor, Scott Ewing

Mr Oyebola's attackers opened fire as they left the club and fled on foot.

His solicitor, Scott Ewing, said consultants would legally declare Mr Oyebola dead just before midday on Friday and switch off his life-support machine.

Mr Ewing said: "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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