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Did Tyson Fury change his name?

‘The Gipsy King’ and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will meet in a boxing ring on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Boxing - Tyson Fury & Francis Ngannou Press Conference
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In December, Tyson Fury is set to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed title, but before that, he will face Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is still unclear whether the upcoming bout between the Gipsy King and the former UFC heavyweight will be an exhibition match inside a boxing ring.

Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou live online

The UFC fighter from Cameroon, Francis Ngannou, left the organization to join PFL earlier this year after failing to reach a financial agreement to renew his contract with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion.

For a long time, Ngannou has been keen on boxing against Tyson Fury, and now it’s turning into a reality that is getting closer. The former UFC heavyweight champion hired Mike Tyson as his head coach for the upcoming non-title boxing match scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia.

Fury is considered one of the most prominent boxing personalities of the current era and is recognized as one of the best heavyweight boxers of recent times, with an unbeaten record of 33 wins, 0 losses, and 1 draw. In his last fight in December, Fury emerged victorious against Derek Chisora. Before that, he had defeated Deontay Wilder twice.

On the other hand, Ngannou’s departure from the UFC was primarily due to his desire to pursue a career in boxing and fight Fury, besides his financial disagreements with the promotion. Despite holding the UFC title, he decided to part ways with the rise as they were unwilling to allow him to fight for a lucrative boxing payday while under contract.

Tyson Fury ...real name?

Fury’s full name is Luke Tyson Fury, and he was born June 1, 1988. He was born in Wythenshawe (south of Manchester) to an Irish family with a long history in boxing and bare-knuckle boxing.

There has been some controversy surrounding the ‘Tyson’ element of his name, with his father, John, stating: “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.”

Recent revelations from fellow British boxer Dillian Whyte, however, claim that Fury added the ‘Tyson’ element to make him sound ‘harder’ and that being called Tyson had ‘higher commercial value.’

Responding to these claims, the English fighter has confirmed that Luke is his middle name.