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Grammy winning R&B singer Usher will be portraying the
legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in an upcoming boxing film, “Hands of
The movie will be about Roberto Duran, who was nicknamed
“Hands of Stone”. He was a world champion in four divisions rising
from the slums of Panama to beat an undefeated Leonard in 1980 to claim the WBC
welterweight title.
Usher, who is honoured to play the role, had reportedly been
preparing for the part for more than two years at Decatur Boxing Club outside
Atlanta according to TMZ. This is
also his first lead in a feature film.
Xavier Biggs, owner of the boxing club said the singer’s
gotten so good he can hang with the pros.
“You couldn’t find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray
Leonard,” Usher mentioned. “He was an incredible motion guy, the way
he moved around the ring, and I think my dancing will make it easier for me to
pick up his moves. I’ve been working on familiarizing myself with the ring,
sparring and just understanding how to move in the ring.”
“Zero Dark Thirty” actor Edgar Ramirez has been
casted to play the titular figure with Robert De Niro as Duran’s Hall of Fame
trainer, Ray Arcel.
“He had such incredible discipline, and he was flashy
and classy at the same time,” said Usher, who’s been studying videos from
Leonard’s boxing days. “I want to be as passionate and dedicated in
preparing for this role as he was every time he stepped into the ring,” as
quoted by Usher in a Billboard
The biopic, written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, and
is expected to release this year after being delayed for its initial release in
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