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I've fought way to top: Lee Selby

By David Spence

New world champion Mark Selby has revealed the long, hard road he has taken to Crucible glory.

Selby was penniless and a school drop-out at 16.

But in the sport's most exalted venue Selby was crowned with its greatest title for the first time on Monday night, after the small matter of overturning five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Now aged 30, Selby is wealthy, has a swimming pool in his Leicester home and no doubt an impressive trophy cabinet.

His latest triumph made him the ninth player in history to complete snooker's Triple Crown of UK Championship, World Championship and Masters titles.

Selby – who celebrated his victory with a bit of karaoke, singing Ulster stars' Snow Patrol's hit Chasing Cars – has no outlandish plans for the £300,000 he picked up after stunning O'Sullivan 18-14 – from 8-3 behind – in Sheffield.

"I'll probably buy a few houses, I'm careful with my money. I'm not really outrageous with my money, I'm quite sensible. (My wife) Vikki would tell you that," said Selby.

That is a reflection on his upbringing. He knows those difficult years made him the player he is.

"I probably wouldn't want it any different because it shows you have to graft and you get out what you put in," Selby said.

"If you were born with all the money in the world and everything seems to come easy, then win or lose you'd think that it doesn't matter."

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