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Idris Elba: Kickboxing match debut posted online by Madonna

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Idris Elba, the 44-year-old star from films like The Dark Tower and Thor: Ragnarok, made his professional kickboxing debut this weekend in a match that was recorded by — wait for it — Madonna. 

Elba entered the ring at London’s York Hall as part of his work on the Discovery series Idris Elba: Fighter. Debuting early next year, the three-part series sees the actor endure the intense training regime to become a professional kickboxer, culminating in a match against a seasoned fighter.

“Idris Elba smashes it at York Hall,” Madonna wrote next to video of his bout. Watch it below. 

Idris Elba Smashes it at York Hall! 👊🏾😂🇬🇧

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Elba has been documenting his training process on social media — sweaty, shirtless shots and all. “The legend Nigel ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Benn put me though my paces today on pads,” he captioned one such photo. “Masterclass.”


This mans hands are connected to another power that use them to heal. Bonkaz!! No lie.

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In times like these, when SURVIVAL is the game, let's play on.

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Cutting weight, two days before first fight, mind in the right place. Fear NO guy.

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Two weeks left. For my Chuuus.

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Back to work. Training is my cleanse.👊🏾

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In a statement accompanying the announcement of the Discovery series, Elba said, “It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally. Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time.”