I had read the weight trouble as well. It must be taken into account that he's born in 1981, so he's very close to his physical prime, if he's not already in it. But essentially agree on that. It was an impressive performance, but one that needs to be put into context.
I thought Lopez looked a bit slow and flat footed tonight. Whether or not that's because he's at featherweight or because the pace of the fight was slow. I noticed that too, in regards to squaring himself with the straight left, and a few times he threw his right hook from too far out that I noticed.
All in all, I pretty much agree with what you said.
I noticed your post in regards to the Poonsawat vs Hosono fight in your thread. I was wondering, did you watch the fight live or do you have a copy of it? I have a Japanese copy, but it only shows rounds 1-3, 5, 9-12 and I also have a full Thai version that I got here, but I'd prefer a full Japanese copy. Could you possibly tell me where I could find one?
Yeah, it's a big if. Dirrell has to stop cornering himself too. He did it a few times against Froch, but Abraham > Froch.
I think Dirrell has another advantage over Abraham's previous opponents in that he can offer Abraham a variety of different looks. IMO (and I'd like to get your opinion on this), Abraham starts slowly because he's breaking you down, learning your rhythm, etc. It seems stuff Abraham would do by watching video, but that's the way it seems to me. If Dirrell can give him looks in orthodox, southpaw from the outside, feint, etc. he might confuse or slow Abraham down even more.
I was high on Ward coming into this, and whether or not people like his style, they have to admit his style is extremely effective. IMO it's so hard because he does a lot of little things that have been sort of "faded" out of the sport nowadays, and opponents are put off by them.
I think it's a fairly even fight. I think if Dirrell can pick his spots well, stay fairly active, and counter Abraham's wide hooks, he can pull it off.