Tyson Fury's 'real name is LUKE but he changed it to sound 'harder' like Iron Mike', says Dillian Whyte

DILLIAN WHYTE claims Tyson Fury's real name is Luke and he changed it to sound 'harder'.

The Gypsy King, who fights Whyte in a £30million Battle of Britain on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, lists his full name as Tyson Luke Fury.

That has boosted his brand and helped secure meetings with legend 'Iron' Mike Tyson.

But 34-year-old Whyte insists his team have evidence that he switched his Christian names around to sound like the Baddest Man on the Planet.

He previously told SunSport: “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.

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“In boxing, the name Tyson is a lot more sellable than Luke.

“A lot of what Tyson does and says is a game, you can never take anything he says seriously or at face value.

“How can you trust a man who doesn’t even use his own name?”

Whyte was speaking to us while holed up in a Winnebago in Brentwood to prepare for his initial fight with Russian dangerman Alexander Povetkin in August 2020.

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He went into that looking for a 12th consecutive win to earn him the WBC’s diamond belt and secure the shot at Fury's main belt.

But the Body Snatcher was dramatically dropped in the fifth by Povetkin as he suffered a shock loss to dent his hopes of facing Fury, 33.

He later avenged the defeat in four rounds in March last year, and is now set for his first ever world title shot.

Whyte has claimed to SunSport that he is the hardest travelling, biggest banging, real road warrior around.

“I will fight anyone, anywhere and that is why I am the real Gypsy King and I have even got my flat cap to prove it.

“Tyson Fury likes to tell people that he is but let’s see.

“Fury had a privileged upbringing, went to a posh school in an expensive area and lives in a lovely house. What kind of gypsy is he?”

Fury is the reigning WBC heavyweight champion after back-to-back victories over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, and now faces Whyte at Wembley in the biggest sporting event of the year so far.

The Gypsy King retained his crown by emphatic knockout back in October last year, with unification against then-champ Anthony Joshua eyed up.

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AJ was to ultimately lose his own title defence to Oleksandr Usyk and a rematch was delayed by Usyk's decision to fight for Ukraine against Russia.

Fury's attention therefore turned to mandatory challenger Whyte, 34, as he puts his belt on the line once again.

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