Touching moment Luke Littler and Luke Humphries share brotherly advice


Luke Humphries has shed light on the ‘humble’ four-word message Luke Littler shared with him after the world No 1 sealed his first World Darts Championship trophy.

On the brink of creating sporting history by becoming the youngest ever winner of the title, 16-year-old Littler – whose family shared heartwarming messages of support – fell just short thanks to a remarkable comeback from Humphries.

The 28-year-old from Newbury took control of the match after coming back from 4-2 to extend his unbeaten streak to 20 wins in a row. 

But the manner of his victory caps off what has been a remarkable journey for Humphries, who has publicly spoken about his struggles with anxiety and weight gain.

Speaking after the game, Humphries said: ‘Luke has been an unbelievable talent, not just about the dartboard, he’s been fantastic with all the media that’s come about with him. 

The moment both Luke's embraced at the end of their match to share some kind words

The moment both Luke’s embraced at the end of their match to share some kind words

Speaking about Littler, Humphries said 'he's one of the best players in the world'

Speaking about Littler, Humphries said ‘he’s one of the best players in the world’

‘He took defeat so well there. He said “go on, enjoy, celebrate”. You will never see another down to earth 16-year-old kid like him. 

‘He’s just something else and I really hope he’s in the Premier League because he’d be a pleasure to play alongside next year. He’s one of the best players in the world, there’s no doubt about that.’

Early on in his career, Humphries decided to take a break from darts as a result of mental health struggles.

After stunning defending champion Rob Cross on his way to the last eight of the 2019 World Championship, ‘Cool Hand’ Luke considered giving up the sport due to a panic and anxiety disorder that affects him both on and off the oche.

But he has since explained how he has learned to control this better, which was demonstrated during his deciding set thrillers against Ricardo Pietreczko and Joe Cullen.

Previously, he also claimed his recent success can be credited to his incredible body transformation that saw him shed more than four stone since 2021.

Pictures from Humphries’ social media pages do well to show Humphries’ impressive changes – with the darts star looking far slimmer in his recent pictures. 

Luke Humphries back in 2019

A picture of Humphries during the current World Championships

Darts star Luke Humphries has undergone a stunning body transformation in recent years

Littler (left) met Humphries (right) in the Hayling Island quarter-final in November 2019

Littler (left) met Humphries (right) in the Hayling Island quarter-final in November 2019

The win caps off what has been a remarkable turnaround for Luke Humphries in his life

The win caps off what has been a remarkable turnaround for Luke Humphries in his life

According to The Daily Star, Humphries has lost four-and-a-half stone since embarking on his physical journey.

Speaking to the outlet, Humphries said: ‘I did the exercise bike for about half-an-hour a day and then it was just eating clean and healthily while still practising. I felt better in myself but I didn’t feel any different with my throw.

‘A lot of players have lost a lot of weight and it’s impacted them negatively, performance-wise. Maybe that’s done through losing too much weight and not practising through it.

‘When you’re losing 4lb a week while practising, your body doesn’t really notice the changes. If I’d lost 4st and not thrown a dart during that period, it would have been different.’

And, speaking to Sky Sports recently, he confirmed that the weight loss has been a direct reason for his rise.

Humphries, 28, who has won 20 matches in a row, pictured alongside his long-term partner Kayley Jones

Humphries, 28, who has won 20 matches in a row, pictured alongside his long-term partner Kayley Jones

As well as being darts rivals, Humphries supports United fan Littler's rival team Leeds United

As well as being darts rivals, Humphries supports United fan Littler’s rival team Leeds United

‘I think that being fitter and healthier helps with longer days and it is no coincidence that I never used to be able to get to those quarter finals, semi finals because I would run out of energy.

‘The European Tour finals, they are the longest possible days you could imagine and I am doing them at a canter now and I could probably go three more games after the final.

‘So losing the weight is a key part of where I am now because I don’t think I would be where I am now as the unfit and unhealthy version of me. It is another piece of the puzzle to make me where I am now.’



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