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08/05/2018 08:44 BST | Updated 09/05/2018 11:28 BST

Mark Williams Goes Naked At Press Conference After World Snooker Championship Win

'Cold in here isn't it?'

Mark Williams proved he was a man of his word on Monday by turning up to a post-match press conference naked, after securing his third World Snooker Championship title.

The Welshman became the oldest winner at the Crucible for 40 years after a comeback victory against John Higgins in a remarkable turn of fortunes.

Last year Williams did not even qualify for the finals and vowed to go naked if won this year’s championship.

“Cold in here isn’t it?”, Williams quipped as he entered the press room, his modesty protected by just a towel. 

Asked about his victory, Williams said: “It feels a little bit uncomfortable at the minute. I had to wear the towel on the orders of Barry Hearn (World Snooker chairman) otherwise I would just have walked in, just crying.”

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Williams holds his trophy aloft after beating John Higgins

Williams’ comeback was not lost on him, with the sportsman calling it an “unbelievably story”, given 12 months ago he was thinking about “chucking it” in. 

If he wins the World Championship next year Williams has vowed to go nude again, saying: “I’d cartwheel round here naked”.

Williams told journalists that he would celebrate his victory into the early hours of the morning, “it’ll be daylight before I get to bed”.

Last time he won Williams said he “had half a pint of milk and went to bed”.