Mark Williams honours naked press conference pledge after winning World Snooker Championship

Mark Williams

Mark Williams stayed true to his word after clinching his third world snooker title on May 7 by conducting his post-match news conference naked.

It's the third time the Welshman has won the championship.

The Welshman became the oldest victor at the Crucible for 40 years and came good on his promise to hold his press conference naked if he won - although he wore a towel to protect his modesty.

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.

But the 43-year-old held his nerve and rediscovered his form to secure his first world title since 2003.

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

"To best honest, if I won this next year, I'd do it again".

"It's like a drug this game and that atmosphere tonight, that one-table setup in the Crucible; if I never get there again, at least I can say I've been there a few times to sample it".

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Williams failed to qualify for the final last year and almost quit the sport after having not won a ranking title for six years.

"I can't believe I beat him really because he's one of the best there has ever been".

Williams did not make the Crucible a year ago and said: 'It's unbelievable.

Note that Williams led to the confrontation with Higgins for much of the match.

"Last year I wasn't even here, but in the caravan having a beer having failed to qualify".

"I don't think she wanted me in the house 24 hours a day".

All the momentum was with Higgins, who had won six of the last seven frames, and Williams desperately needed to halt the charging Scot. The Welshman became the oldest victor since compatriot Ray Reardon in 1978 with an 18-16 victory over Scot John Higgins. I didn't want to lose with a session to spare, and at 14-7 that looked possible.

And after saying earlier in the tournament that he would go naked to his press conference if he won the title, Williams said he would go through with that plan.

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