It has been confirmed that 8 time grammy winner Usher Raymond will be playing iconic boxer ‘Sugar Ray’ in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone“. The film focuses on former welterweight champion Roberto Duran who beat Sugar Ray in 1980 to claim the title.
Usher said he has been preparing to play Leonard — a fighter with fast hands, smooth feet and a wide smile — for more than a year and still needs to lose nearly 25 pounds before shooting begins in October.
“You couldn’t find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray Leonard. 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” Raymond told the Huffington Post
Although this will be Usher’s first leading role in a featured film, he is up for the challenge!