Peter Wright, a two-time world champion, is aiming for five titles and the number one spot in the world

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Peter Wright, a two-time world champion, is aiming for five titles and the number one spot in the world
Source: Skysports

Peter Wright has demonstrated that he can handle pressure in a variety of roles, from tyre fitter to two-time World Darts champion. The man known as ‘Snakebite’ intends to raise the Sid Waddell Trophy three more times before retiring.

Peter Wright, who was an unrecognisable twenty-something when he competed in the 1995 BDO World Championships at Lakeside, found professional darts difficult to maintain and quit work as a builder and tyre installer.

After seeing the Grand Slam of Darts on television a few years later, Peter’s hairdresser wife, Joanne, persuaded him to return to the game.

“I was telling Jo, ‘I can beat him,’ ‘I can beat him,’ and she said, ‘Why don’t you give it a shot?’ and we did,” Wright remembered. “In the first year, I only made £1,200, which was dreadful.”

Before his 40th birthday, Wright returned to the oche, and just four years later, he was in the world final against Michael van Gerwen.

That year, he came in second to the Dutchman, with MVG quickly becoming his nemesis.

In the 2017 Premier League final, ‘Snakebite’ famously squandered six match darts to lose to ‘The Green Machine.’

Wright, on the other hand, demonstrated why he is made of the proper stuff by keeping his focus and belief in order to win three major titles in 2020, including the World Championships.

Before the World Matchplay began, Wright predicted that he would win the event in Blackpool and go on to win his second world title. It would have taken a courageous person to bet on Wright winning both events at odds of 80/1.

He disproved the naysayers by winning both titles in just over five months – an extraordinary feat – and joining Phil Taylor, Van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, and Rob Cross as the only other players to achieve the rare feat.

So, where does Wright go from here? Well, the Scot intends to hoist the Sid Waddell Trophy three more times before retiring from the sport.

Despite the fact that he is 51 years old and has won numerous awards, Wright believes he is only at the beginning of his career.

Wright smiled as he said, “No retirement plans at the moment; Jo won’t let me.” “I’ll keep playing as long as I can annoy the class players that are now present.

“Even if I did retire, I wouldn’t retire in the traditional sense; instead, I’d continue in the rankings until [PDC chairman] Eddie Hearn makes it a £1 million winner, at which point I’d begin a week of preparation.

“I’m sure I can win three more before I’m too old.”

When Wright won his first title at Alexandra Palace, he wore a pair of lucky pants and celebrated his 7-5 triumph over Michael Smith with a Pot Noodle and a cup of tea.

This time, instead of lucky pants, he wore a pair of lucky socks featuring the terrifying IT star Pennywise on his right foot and retired WWE hero The Ultimate Warrior on his left.

Wright, who has taken on the role of the Joker at Ally Pally and has become something of a Jekyll and Hyde figure, says he enjoys it. After all, he’s the last man standing.

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