Watch Idris Elba Train to Become a Pro Kickboxer :::: #Sports

Actor Idris Elba plays a tough guy on screen, but he's actually one in real life too.

Last fall, reports surfaced that he's begun training to become a professional kickboxer... and it's no joke. He's documented the experience for a new series on the Discovery network called Idris Elba: Fighter.

Elba challenged himself to become a pro in a year, despite having no prior professional experience in the sport. He has been working with some of the best trainers and coaches in the world, leading up to a fight with a professional competitor, as cameras roll.

Although he's never been pro, Elba trained in kickboxing during his early 20s.

Idris Elba: Fighter premieres on January 17 on Discovery UK.

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