OLEKSANDR USYK has joined Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua in calling Tyson Fury ‘Luke’.
The undefeated champions are in talks for next year’s inaugural four-belt heavyweight unification.
And the war of words has already begun, as Usyk called Fury by his middle name.
He said on his YouTube channel: “When the cameras are off, he’s a different person.
“When the cameras are on he’s Tyson Fury, when they’re off he’s Luke Fury.”
The WBC champion gives his full name as Tyson Luke Fury after being named after heavyweight legend Mike Tyson.
But Whyte claimed his team had evidence he changed his first names to sound like the worst man on the planet.
Whyte told SunSport in 2020: “My real name is Dillian. I know his real name is Luke. He changed it to Tyson to make himself sound harder.
“People can look around the internet a little and see for themselves. In boxing, the Tyson name is a lot more sellable than Luke.
“A lot of what Tyson does and says is a game, you can’t take anything he says seriously or at face value.
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“How can you trust a man who won’t even give his own name?”
Joshua followed up with a dig of his own last year when he tweeted to Fury: “You’re a good kid don’t play with me Luke!
“I’ll beat your head and you do nothing!
Usyk, 35, twice beat Joshua, 33, to win and then retain the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
Fury, 34, defended his WBC belt against Whyte, 34, and then Derek Chisora in their most recent trilogy fight.
And it has set him up for a historic unification against Usyk next year, with talks ongoing.
The pair met after Fury’s 10th-round win over 38-year-old Chisora at Tottenham’s stadium.
And Usyk goaded: “We negotiated it. If he agreed to fight, I would get in the ring.
“A lot has been said since then, like he was slapping me in the face.
“But apparently he changed his mind after burning his buttocks.”
In a recent message, Usyk said: “Luke, I’m coming for you. I’ve been coming for him for a long time.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6909738/oleksandr-usyk-whyte-tyson-fury-luke/ ‘When the cameras are off he’s different’ – Oleksandr Usyk calls Tyson Fury ‘Luke’ along with Dillian Whyte