Idris Elba wins first pro kickboxing bout

October 30, 2016

Idris Elba has won his first professional kickboxing bout with footage emerging of The Wire actor impressing with a series of kicks and punches at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Elba, who has been rumoured to be in the running to be the next James Bond, made his debut after a gruelling training camp as part of a Discovery Channel documentary.

The three-parter, called Fighter, sees the Luther actor travel the globe attempting to hone the art of kickboxing with the show set to air in 2017.

Madonna threw her support behind the 44-year-old at London’s legendary boxing venue, posting footage of Elba in action from ringside against a so far unknown opponent.

Idris Elba kick boxing at York Hall
Idris Elba lands a punch during his professional kickboxing debut
Idris Elba kick boxing at York Hall
Elba comes to blows with his opponent
Idris Elba kick boxing at York Hall
Elba in action at York Hall
Idris Elba winning your debut kickboxing fight
Elba celebrates his debut victory

The Hackney-born star admits it’s been a burning desire of his to enter the ring and that he jumped at the chance to finally prove he could cut it in the brutal world of MMA.

“It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally,” Elba said during the filming of Fighter.

Idris Elba at a boxing training camp in Thailand
Idris Elba takes a breather in a Thai gym during training
Idris Elba at a boxing training camp in Thailand
The actor is put through his paces by Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek
Idris Elba kick boxing at York Hall
Elba lands a straight right

“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.”

Elba has been seen pounding away in gyms around the world in the build-up to his debut, with a visit to Thailand to train alongside famed welterweight fighter Buakaw Banchamek.


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