Idris Elba (L) in a kickboxing match filmed by Madonna

Idris Elba (L) in a kickboxing match filmed by Madonna

*For some reason, Madonna was in the front row to watch Idris Elba win his first professional kickboxing match.

As previously reported, Elba has been training in the sport and filming his journey for an upcoming reality series on the Discovery Channel. The 44-year-old used to kickbox in his 20s to stay fit, but the actor never fought professionally — until now.

“It has been my dream to fight in a ring properly,” the actor told Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “It is not fake, I might get hurt but ultimately I have trained for it and I like to fight… 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.”

Thanks to Madonna – who was on hand filming with her phone and posted footage of the fight on her Instagram account – fans can get a glimpse of Elba’s form before his Discovery series, “Idris Elba: Fighter,” premieres in early 2017.

Watch below:

Idris Elba Smashes it at York Hall! 👊🏾😂🇬🇧

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But why was Madonna ringside, though?

Her appearance has social media thinking that she and Elba are romantically linked.