A Fulham fireman who has travelled the world battling tribal hard men in traditional extreme sports is set to become a TV star.
Wolé Adesemoye, of Brompton Park Crescent, has fought in combat sports across the world as part of a BBC3 show called Last Man Standing, to be aired on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old won the first episode, which featured stick fighting in Ethiopia.
He said: "When I was young I did not do as well academically as I might have done.
"I just wanted to make my mum, Florence, proud and maybe to overcome some fear of failure. I wanted to prove whatever you want to do you can, if you set your mind to it."
Wolé said his childhood in a single parent family was hard, but credits the Brunswick Club in Haldane Road, Fulham, for keeping him on the straight and narrow.
The Battersea firefighter added: "A lot of my friends were getting into trouble with the law, but the club gave me a sense of belonging. In particular, my football coach Danny Volino really helped me."
Wolé now teaches boxing at the club, where he also trained to ensure he was in peak fitness. The show pits three British and three American athletes against each other and native experts in martial arts. Contestants live and train with their hosts before battle takes place.
Wolé added: "One episode was set in Burkino Faso, one of the poorest places in Africa. "The athletes there just use their environment to train and do lots of weight-bearing exercises. They are just so strong."