Hollywood star tries to become a pro Kickboxer in 12 months

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Although there are lot of professional fighters that move into acting during or after their fighting career, there are not many actors who move into professional fighting. But one Hollywood superstar has decided to take the plunge and dedicate himself to the sport of kickboxing to eventually fight in the ring.

Perhaps best known for his roles on the hit show The Wire and films such as Thor and American Gangster, Idris Elba will be starring in the series ‘Fighter’ in association with Discovery UK. The series will follow the actors journey of becoming a professional kick boxer, and by all accounts he’s not too worried about potentially getting his face rearranged.

“The actor aside, I will break my nose for this fight.”

Under the tutelage of former world champ Kieran Keddle of the Double K gym, Idris travels to a variety of locations such as Thailand and Japan over twelve months (while still keeping up with his acting career) to get first hand experience of what it takes to finally make that walk to the ring while learning some often very painful lessons along the way.

Idris Elba has taken on his toughest challenge yet training to be a kickboxer. Will he succeed? 👊🏼

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‘Fighter’ airs on Discovery UK.

Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba: (born 6 September 1972) is an English actor and musician. He is known for playing drug baron Russell “Stringer” Bell on the HBO series The Wire,    Detective John Luther on the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Elba has appeared in films such as Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Takers , Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World and Beasts of No Nation [Source: Wiki]

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