Home and Away‘s Steve Peacocke enjoyed showing off his fighting skills on screen, he has revealed.

The 30-year-old had to punch and duck, as his bad boy alter-ego River Boy Darryl ‘Brax’ Braxton starts taking part in cage fights, following the death of his lover Charlie Buckton (Esther Anderson) in the Australian soap.

“It was unreal. I’ve been in a few punch-ups, but I wouldn’t call myself a fighter,” he told Australia’s TV Week.

“We had about 12 hours of fight rehearsal with the stunt coordinator. I wanted to go hell for leather with the slams and being thrown into the fence. I ended up with lots of cuts and grazes, but I loved it. It was like a good, hard game of footy.”

Steve, who joined Home And Away in 2011, admitted he thought he would face the chop during his early days on the show.

“I was so nervous in the first four or five weeks – I was certain I was going to get booted off the show,” he told Adelaide Now.

“I didn’t feel great about what I was doing. As my confidence has grown, I’ve enjoyed it more.”

The actor said his dream is to work in the States, following in the footsteps of fellow stars Ryan Kwanten and Chris Hemsworth.

“That is where I want to end up. I’ve heard from different casting agents that there is something about Australian blokes that resonates in America,” he added.