This is, as Scott said far more eloquently than I could, a matchup at least a year out of date. Taylor (19-0, 13 KO) has gone from beloved undisputed champion to increasingly unlikable titlist after slow-walking the process of being stripped and going back on his word about rematching Jack Catterall or moving to 147. This move is especially egregious, as he withdrew from said rematch due to injury only to immediately pivot to the Lopez (18-1, 13 KO) fight the moment Catterall scheduled a stay-busy bout in March.
I’m not saying he faked it, but booking a new fight two months after torpedoing a rematch a year in the making is a bad look.
As for Lopez, he’s lost all of the momentum generated by his brilliant rise through the lightweight ranks. He’s proven worryingly mortal since losing his titles to George Kambosos Jr, as seen when he barely edged out Sandor Martin in December, and even he’s expressed doubt as to whether the magic is still there.
At least it should be fun while it lasts.