“Fired-up” Rob Cross relishing Phil Taylor rematch

Phil Lanning in Off The Oche 23 May 2018
Cross triumphed over Taylor to claim his first world title on New Year's Day (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Reigning World Champion Rob Cross says he is “fired-up” to face Phil Taylor again - because he’s still a force of the game.

Voltage will take on The Power in a World Championship re-match at ‘Under The Bridge’ Chelsea football club on Tuesday June 12.

Cross, 27, was a comfortable winner over 16-time World Champion Taylor in the final at the Alexandra Palace in January but he still expects his rival to be the favourite when the two meet in a SAP-sponsored clash dubbed ‘The Rematch The World Wanted’.

Cross told Live Darts exclusively: “It’s weird really because Phil will always feel like the man to beat, whether he’s playing competitively or not.

“Just his presence, the awe about him, when he steps on stage is something that 99 per cent of players will never ever have.

“Trust me, he will want to beat me. Phil wants to win at everything. If we turn up at the venue together, he’ll want to beat through the revolving door first, he’s that sort of bloke.

“It’s still a massive test for me. Suddenly I’m the one with all the pressure to prove myself as a World Champion up against the greatest of all-time.

“That doesn’t worry me especially. If I can deal with it in the World Championship final at the Ally Pally, I’m sure I can cope at Chelsea.

“But nonetheless, Phil is always the yardstick, he’s always the man you want to beat. There’s a special thing about getting a result against him because not many have over the years!

“I’m definitely fired-up to get a result. It’s going to be a cracking night, a small exclusive crowd and I guarantee it’s going to be a massive occasion and match.

“In saying that, I better win. Otherwise I’m sure Phil will give me earache for months with the banter. He’ll want to get his own back in a small way.”

Former World Championship semi-finalist and Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle will also be at the event and will take on a select band of fans on the oche.

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