Idris Elba: actor, man of your dreams, and, now, certified badass. Madonna, doing the Lord’s work, shared footage of Elba fighting in London boxing venue York Hall on Saturday and looking great while doing it.
This match in London (which, reportedly, he won) is just one of many that Elba has been throwing himself into this year. He has been training in combat fighting around the world for a three-part documentary series on Discovery Channel that delves into the roots of Muay Thai and kickboxing.
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“It has been my dream to fight in a ring properly,” the actor told Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “It is not fake, I might get hurt but ultimately I have trained for it and I like to fight … I’ve busted my nose a couple of times but hopefully it doesn’t show. Keeping fit is important to me as part of my work and I always used to train back in the day as just a kickboxer before I was acting and now I am on this massive journey.”
The series, entitled Idris Elba: Fighter, is expected to air in early 2017.