Dillian Whyte has revealed that Tyson Fury’s real name is Luke and he changed it to sound “harder”.
The Gypsy King, 31, lists his full name as Tyson Luke Fury.
That has boosted his brand and helped secure meetings with legend ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.
But 32-year-old Whyte insists his team have evidence that he has switched his Christian names around to sound like the Baddest Man on the Planet.
He 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.
“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.
“He might say he wants to fight me sometimes but how can you trust a man who doesn’t even use his own name?”
He changed it to Tyson to make himself sound harder… in boxing, the name Tyson is a lot more sellable than Luke.
Whyte is holed up in a Winnebago in Brentwood to prepare for his fight with Russian dangerman Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.
A 12th consecutive win will earn him the WBC’s diamond belt and secure the shot at the main belt Fury currently holds.
Fury has flipped between promising Whyte his hard-earned shot and vowing to ditch the title if the sanctioning body forces him to face the Body Snatcher.
So Whyte went on record to tell SunSport he is the hardest travelling, biggest banging, real road warrior around.
He said: “I drove 40-hours with my three dogs out to my training base in Portugal for a 22-week camp away from home for this fight.
“Now I am living in a caravan for a week before fighting a dangerous Russian, in an Essex field, on the side of the motorway.
“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?”