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By Mark Vester

It was reported by various UK media outlets that James Oyebola (18-4, 16KOs), a former Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight champion, was shot in the face at close range at the Chateau 6 nightclub in Fulham, West London. He is currently listed in critical condition at an unknown London hospital.

Oyebola told three patrons at the club to put out their cigarettes on behalf of the club's owner, who is a close friend. Later that night, the same three men were leaving the club as one them walked up to Oyebola and began to fire a gun, hitting him in the face and the leg. The three men fled the scene and have yet to apprehended.

Oyebola, 47, at one time had a buzz going in the UK over his 85-inch reach and 6'9 frame that made him tower over most of the competition. He was managed as a pro by well-known UK promoter Frank Maloney.​
 
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