By Phil Lanning
MICHAEL SMITH has vowed to keep fighting and come back stronger to win major silverware.
Bully Boy was gutted by his World Championship final defeat to Peter Wright a week ago.
It was the ninth time he had lost in a major final, but Smith said: “I am capable of winning anything I put my mind to as long as it my mind is on it and it doesn’t drift anywhere else. I will keep fighting and keep going until the next one.
“What happened last year, when I got left out of the Premier League and I kept moaning about it but the moment I forgot about it I tried showing the PDC and everyone why they left me out. You have to fight for everything and I did.
“I won a couple of tournaments and in the last couple of months everything fell into place. Setbacks are there for the comebacks.
“I could have fretted years ago when I lost the Premier League final. I could have thought it was not meant to be and I lost another and another.
“I keep fighting, I keep making finals – you can’t lose in a final if you are not in a final. I am always there battling.”
Smith also admits he is getting battle hardened to the setbacks that will serve him well in the future.
On the final itself, he added: “The that’s annoying is I let him play like that, I was 5-4 up and 2-0 up and I had the darts twice and both times I played rubbish. It’s one of them.
“I was just targeting the double sets and I won the first two and then I broke him in the third double and then I was 5-4 2-0 and the rest his history.
“I am thinking about it now I am coming down but during the game I was just keeping focused, ‘Keep throwing and next time I have to take my chance’. The game kept getting harder. I was trying, I never once gave up and then emotions took over at the end.
“The first final I lost 7-3, the second one I lost 7-5. The next one I’ll get seven and be champion. I am getting used to these setbacks but I’ll be back on the dartboard in a couple of days and I’m going to fight for it.”
Images by Taylor Lanning.