Idris Elba Wins First Kickboxing Match

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Idris Elba is an award-winning actor, DJ, and one of the sexiest men in the world. Now, he’s a fighter with a win under his belt.

Back in August, Elba announced he was training to be a professional kickboxer–no, not for a movie role, but for real. The British actor told the folks at the Edinburgh Television Festival he was undergoing the rigorous task for a new reality series, Idris Elba: Fighter.

After months the training, it looks like it paid off.

The 44-year-old star made his debut during a fight at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London–and he won. A snippet of the bout was caught on camera by Elba’s friend, Madonna (and no, they’re not dating…Idris cleared that up on Twitter).

Idris Elba Smashes it at York Hall!

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Elba has been training with British boxing legend Nigel Benn, but it hasn’t been easy.

“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,” he said.


Two weeks left. For my Chuuus.


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While many of Elba’s female fans might be worried about the actor’s famous face, he’s not concerned.

“It is not fake,” he said. “I might get hurt but ultimately I have trained for it and I like to fight.