Darts icon Mervyn King took up second job at Amazon despite £1.7million earnings

Mervyn King's full focus is now on darting glory at the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship after he took some time away from practise to deliver Amazon parcels during lockdown back in 2020.

The King, who is now ranked 21 in the PDC charts following more than £200,000 in earnings in the last two years, secured his place in the last 16 with a dominating 4-0 win over Steve Lennon.

The 55-year-old, who reached the semi-finals back in 2009, is now looking to see off the threat of qualifier Raymond Smith to set up a quarter-final against either James Wade or Martijn Kleermaker.

Guaranteed at least £35,000 already, King is already a long way from the work he was doing just 14 months ago – earning £120 a day delivering up to 200 packages.

King was spotted on duty for Amazon in October of last year, despite having earnings of £1.7million during a lengthy career that begun in the BDO in 1994.

The items sold by the star might well have included his own darts range, with his shifts being completed between 9-5 in a Mercedes Vito van.

Following that role, King later explained how he has now gone into construction with a friend, telling PDC Europe: "A bit different now, I was a delivery driver but now I've knocked that on the head in the last couple of months I've had a construction company. I formed that with a friend of mine."

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Now focusing on his darts, King reached the fourth round of the 2021 World Championship before losing in the final of The Masters to an inspired Jonny Clayton.

Despite losing in all of his seven PDC finals since 2008, King is not short of confidence ahead of his last 16 clash which takes place early on Thursday afternoon.

He said this week: "You don't plot your route, what you've got is what you've got. It's as simple as that.

"So you put your head on, you play your game and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

"You go home, you have a really bad Christmas or good and a crap New Year, you get what you get."

Adding: "I don't care about anyone else, they need to know about me. I'm here to win the World Championship, if I play well enough I will."

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