Mark Williams in the pink after defeating John Higgins

Mark Williams in the pink after defeating John Higgins

Snooker player Mark Williams remained true to his word by turning up to his press conference naked after winning the World Championship at The Crucible in Sheffield, UK, on Monday night. He was so unconvinced that he would return to the pinnacle of the sport that he made a promise: if he won a world title for the third time in his career, he would address the media completely naked.

To mark his remarkable achievement Williams pledged to "party" in a post-victory press conference which the 43-year-old delivered in just a towel.

Williams arrived naked apart from a sponsors towel sparing his blushes - under orders from supremo Barry Hearn - but soon took it off after sitting down.

The 43-year-old Welshman, who won the title in 2000 and 2003, is the oldest victor since Ray Reardon took the crown in 1978 at the age of 45.

Williams, who beat Higgins 18-16 in absolute epic of a final, revealed that we'll see a lot more of him if he defends the title, and how he'd be celebrating, adding, "If I won this again next year, I'd do this again - I'd cartwheel round here naked".

Williams held his nerve and landed a title that he himself saw as a massive ask only past year, when he told reporters that he would strip off in the press conference should he win the trophy.

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Higgins also lost last year's final to Mark Selby and remains on four world titles, behind Stephen Hendry (7), Steve Davis, Reardon (both 6), and O'Sullivan (5) in the modern era. I watched it in a caravan having some beers. This time Williams made no mistake, a break of 69 leaving Higgins needing three snookers.

"It's an unbelievable story, 12 months ago I was thinking of chucking it".

"To play John in a final is an experience in itself", said the new World Champion.

But at the moment when he stood on the very brink of victory, Williams twitched, missing a pink that was match ball.

"I knew at the end if I didn't get enough in front he would clear up again but I'm over the moon".

Higgins paid tribute to a "great champion" and said: 'The last frame was just a joke there for him to play that well under that pressure. I've just done something I never thought I would. I didn't want to lose with a session to spare, and at 14-7 that looked possible.

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