Tony Bellew praises legendary fighter on Twitter as he contemplates his next move

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Given that it has begun with a pair of stoppage victories over former world champion David Haye, Tony Bellew could hardly have asked for a better start to his boxing career at heavyweight.

Despite this, Bellew - an avid student of the sport - has always been a keen admirer of many of boxing's past greats, as evidenced by a recent tweet.

Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) posted a two-minute video compilation to the social media platform on Thursday, showcasing some of former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's most notable knockouts.

Tyson enjoyed a 37-0 start to his own career, with 33 of those victories coming inside the scheduled distance, before he lost his WBA, WBC, IBF, and Ring Magazine titles to James "Buster" Douglas in Tokyo, Japan in February 1990 - in what remains one of the biggest upsets in sport's history.

The video shared by Bellew included many highlights of this initial run, including Tyson's demolition of Trevor Berbick inside two rounds in November 1986 - which saw him become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at the age of just 20 years and 4 months old.

The montage also featured fearsome finishes of the likes of Michael Spinks, Larry Holmes, and Frank Bruno by Tyson in the championship defences that followed.

"I’ll be shocked if we ever see a heavyweight move this way and dispose of challengers this way again.. A young Mike Tyson is probably the most ruthless fighter I’ve ever seen! The ultimate offensive fighter.. A prime focused Mike was as good as it gets," tweeted Bellew alongside the fist emoji as he shared the video.

The 35-year-old Liverpudlian has yet to announce his next move following his five-round demolition of Haye in their second fight earlier this month.

Cruiserweight clashes with the likes of Andre Ward, Adonis Stevenson, and current unified divisional champion Oleksandr Usyk have been mooted for Bellew.

However, the biggest and most lucrative challenges surely lie at heavyweight - where bouts with any of Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder, or the returning Tyson Fury would attract massive interest.

In the event that Bellew does continue to campaign at heavyweight, he could certainly do far worse than look to the performances of a prime Mike Tyson for inspiration.

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