Snooker’s first professional millionaire, Steve Davis dominated the sport in the 1980s. Davis won the World Championships six times and enjoyed seven seasons as the World’s number one ranked player. Perhaps best known for his 1985 World Championship final with Dennis Taylor, the unbelievably tense black-ball final attracted a television audience of 18.5 million viewers and went down as one of the sport’s defining moments. Steve is a compelling and engaging snooker speaker, delivering anecdotal tales of his time in the limelight of snooker, as well as some of the most famous moments during his era. An articulate and eloquent after dinner speaker, Steve has catered for business and social environments alike, making him one of the most accomplished sporting personalities for events.
Davis has won 28 ranking titles in his career, an achievement only bettered by potting maestro Stephen Hendry and only one of five players to have compiled over 350 competitive century breaks. Winning his last world title in 1989, Steve has continued a remarkable spell of form that saw him still ranked within the top 16 players in the world at the age 50. Davis is a pre-eminent sports speaker, delivering speeches and participating in question and answer sessions to reveal the tips and techniques that have given Steve Davis his extended period of the top-flight sport.
Davis is famed for playing his role in one of the top 10 sporting moments of all time as voted by Channel 4, the 1985 Black Ball final at the World Championship. With Davis playing a near-faultless opening 7 frames, Taylor began to establish a comeback that would leave the match at a tie of 17-17. Finishing the final frame with both players on the black, the post-midnight audience witnessed a nail biting last few shots that saw Taylor finally pot the black in a straightforward shot to win the title. Despite not enjoying the victory, Davis reminisces about that legendary match as a snooker speaker at events, and how it forged his career to come.
Steve has diversified his career in recent years, becoming heavily involved in media and broadcasting with the BBC. Appearing on quiz shows including They Think It’s All Over and A Question of Sport, Davis also regularly appears as a commentator and TV Presenter for the BBC’s coverage of snooker. Steve’s vast knowledge and experience of the game make him a favourite amongst fans, whilst his articulate and accurate delivery of commentary ensures viewers get the most from their coverage.