On Saturday night the controversy ends.
Liam Smith and Liam Williams meet for the second time following their first encounter at the Manchester Arena in April.
Smith was victorious that night following Gary Lockett’s decision to withdraw Williams from the contest before the start of round ten after a clash of heads left the Welshman with a severe cut around the eye.
Williams, who had to have plastic surgery to heal the wound, claimed it was a deliberate headbutt by the Liverpudlian.
Though Smith thought otherwise, believing it was an excuse to quit as the going got tough.
“He’s a ****house that annoys me. I’m not saying he isn’t a good fighter, but just be honest about what situation you were in last time,” Smith exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Whether you were lucky or were unlucky, you’ve got away with it; you got cut, there’s another fight, another big payday and whatever else, but be honest about your last fight. You were f*****.
“He contradicts himself so many times, in one interview he said he could have pissed the last nine minutes and in another interview, he says he wouldn’t have won the fight anyway, so which one is it?”
The Joe Gallagher trainer hopes to silence those doubting him ahead of their clash at Newcastle’s Metro Arena with a devastating performance to place him as mandatory for the WBO world title.
He said: “It’s one that I want to put right for myself, not anyone else but for myself and myself only. I want to prove to people that that was nowhere near the best Liam Smith. The best Liam Smith turns up, then Liam Smith wins Saturday night.”
Younger brother Callum Smith is currently preparing to take on Jurgen Brahmer in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series and ‘Beefy’ has displayed an interest to participating should Team Sauerland come calling.
“It’s a top tournament; I think it’s been brilliant. Not many people were keen at the start but as it’s happened I think everyone wants to get in on it in their division and it’s going to take off.
“Obviously I spoke about it before, I thought they were going to do a light-middleweight tournament before they done a cruiserweight one. I’d love to go in as champion,” he added.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95