Luke Humphries rates Luke Littler’s chances of dominating darts

Luke Humphries and Luke Littler will have plenty more battles to come (Pictures: Getty)

If Luke Littler continues to improve then he could go on to dominate the world of darts, believes Luke Humphries, but it will be no easy task with the cast of players he still has to face.

Humphries beat Littler in the World Darts Championship final on 3 January and is now reigning supreme as world champ and world number one.

However, 16-year-old Littler grabbed most of the headlines for his amazing run to the final on his debut in the sport’s biggest tournament.

The teenager will now take on the best the game has to offer on the professional circuit in the months and years to come, with the potential that he could achieve an incredible amount of success if his debut is anything to go by.

Humphries is well aware of Littler’s immense talent and knows that he could blow away a lot of competition on tour, but is also confident in his own ability and that of the other biggest names in the game to compete with The Nuke.

‘That’s a possibility,’ Humphries told Sky Sports of Littler being able to dominate darts. ‘But we’re in an era where not one player is dominating the sport anymore.

‘If Luke gets better than he already is then it could be a possibility but he’s going to face a lot of great players this year. He’s not faced everyone, he’s only faced six players so far.

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Humphries has reached the pinnacle of the darts world (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Then you’ve got Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall and Peter Wright. All these players are tough competitors but if he keeps getting better then he could dominate the sport for sure but it’s up to me to get even better and not allow that to happen.

‘I think we’re in the greatest era of darts because it’s not dominated by one person anymore. It’s a very, very open sport and I think a lot of players believe they can win and I’m talking right down to the top 64 and that’s what makes it so open.’

Littler will have his first chance to prove himself again after the World Championship at the Bahrain Darts Masters on 18-19 January.

Along with eight Asian representatives, Littler will be alongside Humphries, Van Gerwen, Smith, Aspinall, Wright, Price and Rob Cross in the World Series event.


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