Actor Idris Elba Will Have a Pro Fight
Idris Elba has success as an actor under his belt, starting in films like Thor and Pacific Rim, being a villain in the most recent Star Trek, playing Russell Bell on HBO’s The Wire and winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film.
But it appears he’ll be adding one more title to his resume: pro kickboxer. Kieran Keddle has confirmed he will be coaching and training Elba for a professional kickboxing fight, and the preparation and fight itself will air as part of a documentary filmed by the Discovery Network for airing in early 2017.
Keddle has already given a scouting report of his own on the actor and how he fights.
"We’ve actually found that he’s a better kicker than a puncher…and he hits hard but his kicking ability is better than his punching ability," he said. "Everyone wants to be in thrilling fights but you’ve got then the other side of someone like Semmy Schilt. But let’s look at Semmy Schilt, a four time K-1 winner and a GLORY Grand Slam winner. Wasn’t the most exciting to watch but he got the results and he just used his strengths. You’ve got to weigh up your options. Whatever God gave you I suppose."
"If you’re tall like he is, the jab is everything we’re working off. The jab, jab, jab and of course if its a pepper jab or a strong jab its all leading for giving your range for your legs."
Keddle added that Elba has always had an interest in training in kickboxing, and in fact trained in boxing when he was younger before he was stopped because his mom did not want him doing it.
"It’s something he always wanted to do," Keddle said. "He was working on Luther with a good friend of mine and a former world champion, Warren Brown. They got talking and they started training together a little bit…and they stayed in touch.
"Discovery turned around to Idris’s production company and everyone around him and said: ‘That was a massive success with hundreds of millions viewers’, went to something like 235 countries, it was massive. ‘Let’s do another season, what else can we do?’ They came up with all these different ideas and Idris went: ‘No, I I want to fight.’ The whole thing has been his whole idea."