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Watch actor Idris Elba try his hand at a professional kickboxing match Madonna/Instagram

Idris Elba has always played intimidating characters – specifically Stringer Bell in the “The Wire.” And now the actor is actually training to be a fighter.

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Elba recently began training to become a professional kickboxer for a role in an upcoming Discovery documentary series entitled “Idris Elba: Fighter.” Elba fought someone in London’s York Hall, and Madonna – yes, Madonna – was ringside to watch the bout.

Elba doesn’t look like a professional fighter (at least not yet), but it’s still pretty impressive for a 44-year-old actor without much professional fighting experience.

(h/t Fox Sports)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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