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Crawford vs Indongo: Dillian Whyte is improving with every fight, says Matthew Macklin
Last Updated: 21/08/17 10:00am
Matthew Macklin believes Dillian Whyte is getting better with every fight as the heavyweight closes on a world title shot.
Whyte, 29, earned a destructive third-round stoppage victory over Malcolm Tann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena as he partook in his first fight on American soil.
Macklin was impressed with the way that 'The Body Snatcher' comfortably dealt with his American opponent and now wants to see the Brixton fighter land a big-name opponent before battling for a world title.
Although his toughness is his best attribute, his technique is now starting to catch up and he is getting better and better in all departments
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Macklin said: "The opponent was not the best for Whyte which was a shame for him, but he got the job done in there and done well.
"It's been a frustrating year for him following that ding-dong battle with Dereck Chisora so it was good for him to shake off any ring rust and make his American debut.
"I liked the way he came out and started jabbing to the body and then once he had Tann hurt, it was clear that the stoppage victory would soon come.
"Whyte is improving all the time. He only had a few amateur fights but what I like is that he is as game as they come - he has so much bottle and heart.
"Although his toughness is his best attribute, his technique is now starting to catch up and he is getting better and better in all departments."
Whyte has been very vocal with his intentions to land a shot at WBC world champion Deontay Wilder, but Macklin would rather the Londoner have one or two more fights before challenging the divisions' belt holders.
"Whyte is not far away from a world title shot and although he could fight for one in his next outing, I'm not sure whether he could win one right now," he continued.
"A fight for Whyte against someone like Bryant Jennings would be good as both are in similar positions having previously been beaten by Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko respectively.
"It makes sense for them to match up and Dillian is a work in progress and improving all the time so it is a fight that gives a real indication as to whether he is ready for someone like Wilder."