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Luke Littler's reaction to meeting KSI is telling after Bahrain Masters win

Chris Byfield

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Luke Littler's reaction to meeting KSI is telling after Bahrain Masters win

Luke Littler had a telling reaction to meeting KSI on Saturday.

Littler continued his stunning rise to stardom by beating Michael van Gerwen 8-5 to win the Bahrain Masters, his first-ever PDC senior title.

The teenager, who celebrates his 17th birthday on January 21, became the talk of the sporting world earlier this month after he reached the final of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, ultimately coming up short against Luke Humphries.

But, Littler bounced back to break three-time world champion Van Gerwen in legs eight and 12 and ultimately claim a tournament victory.

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Littler, who earlier threw a nine-darter in the first leg of his quarter-final victory over Nathan Aspinall, told ITV4: "No one believes me but I hadn't thrown a dart since the world final until yesterday.

"MVG is the very best and I'm just very happy to win on my debut. It's been unbelievable this week."

After his Bahrain triumph, the darts prodigy returned to the UK to sit ringside with his girlfriend at a Misfits boxing event.

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There, he was warmly greeted by social media star and YouTube boxer KSI, with the pair posing for photos and engaging in a brief conversation.

And as footage of the encounter emerged on social media, fans were quick to note how “starstruck" Littler seemed, adding that his awe is perhaps an indication of his age.

Writing on X, formally Twitter, one person said: “He looks starstruck haha you forget he’s just a 16-year-old gamer.”

Another wrote: “16-year-old bloke who before December nobody even knew, must be surreal for his life to have changed so drastically so quickly. Fairly unprecedented in the darts world too. Good on him.”

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A third person, referencing KSI historical YouTube videos, said: “He was 5 when race to division one started…”

A fourth person said: “If you deep it Luke Littler would almost be too young to have witnessed KSI which is kinda nuts and makes me feel old man.”

Featured Image Credit: Misfits Boxing

Topics: Luke Littler, KSI, Darts, Boxing

Chris Byfield
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