Idris Elba is no professional kickboxing champ, but in October he will be having his very first professional round.
The ‘Beasts of No Nations‘ star did not intent on going pro, he just wanted to stay in shape. His plans changed along the way once he started enjoying the sport and decided that he wanted a taste of the field of kickboxing. He will also be travelling to Thailand where his very first match will be taking place.
Idris accepts he could get hurt when he steps between the ropes but he feels as though he’s ready to test himself.
In an interview with Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, he revealed: “It has been my dream to fight in a ring properly. It is not fake, I might get hurt but ultimately I have trained for it and I like to fight.”
During training, the ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ star has already bust his nose a “couple of times” and he hopes his nasal injuries aren’t too noticeable as he needs to stay looking his best for his big screen roles.
He added: “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.”
‘Idris Elba: Fighter’, a new docu-series following his kickboxing journey, is produced by Shine North and Elba’s company Green Door Pictures. It will begin airing on Discovery Networks International channels in early 2017.
According to a press release shared that month: “This is no act. There is no script. This fight is real as are the potential repercussions.”
Despite being one of the most sought after actors in the world, Idris is always looking for the next challenge and works as a DJ all over the world and has launched his own clothing line with fashion company Superdry.
– Bang Showbiz