The Warrington-born thrower has swept all before him on the way to the Alexandra Palace showpiece and stands to claim a cool £500,000 should he win tonight.
Littler took 2018 champion Rob Cross to the cleaners last night, having previously dumped out his idol Raymond van Barneveld at the quarter-final stages.
The Nuke’s composure under pressure, allied to his mature looks, have bellied his tender age with many fans struggling to comprehend the fact that Britain’s newest sports star doesn’t turn 17 until January 21.
Social media has been rife with conspiracy theories and unkind digs at Littler over his receding hairline and full beard, while fans who have attended his matches have regularly subjected him to chants of ‘you’ve got school in the morning!’
Any uncertainty over his true age has been put to bed, however, after Littler’s birth certificate was posted online, confirming he was born in 2007 at North Cheshire Hospital.
Despite the astonishment surrounding his age and his relationship with 21-year-old girlfriend Eloise Milburn, Littler has taken his newfound fame and impending fortune in his stride.
‘It’s been a crazy ride,’ Littler said after hammering Cross 6-2.
‘I’m still standing. I’m in one of the biggest finals in the world. I was happy winning one game but I could go all the way!
‘I have surprised myself. I have thrown big averages on the floor all year around.’
He added: ‘I’m pleased to bring it on the biggest stage of them all.
‘It would be beyond unbelievable to win this. I only set my goal to win one game and then come back after Christmas.
‘I have to stay composed and get over that line.’
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