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Dillian Whyte believes Tyson Fury’s real name is Luke with the heavyweight champion changing it to “make himself sound harder”. Fury is at the top of the heavyweight division being the WBC champ.
The Gypsy King is expected to fight the fellow champion, Anthony Joshua, instead. Fury and AJ are believed to have signed contracts on two fights, though the venue and dates are unknown.
Whyte told The Sun: “My real name is Dillian. I know his real name is Luke. He changed it to Tyson to make himself sound harder. People can have a little look around on the internet and see for themselves. In boxing, the name Tyson is a lot more sellable than Luke.”
Fury was reportedly given a slim chance of survival following his birth, being born three months premature and weighing just 1lb.
Fury’s father John has previously said: “He was just a pound in weight. The doctor said he probably won’t make it, he’s very weak. I said to all them doctors, he won’t be small, I said he’ll be nearly 7ft tall, 20 stone, the next heavyweight champion of the world.”
“I thought, ‘There’s only one name fitting for him, he’s fought hard to become a person living in this world.’ Mike Tyson was the best in the world at that time. Tyson Luke Fury – that’s his name.”