Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone
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Over the last three years, Usher has been honing his boxing skills for the upcoming movie Hands of Stone. Usher stars as a young Sugar Ray Leonard in the film, and from the looks of the short teaser, practice makes perfect.

The movie, which also stars Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez, tells the story of the boxing match between Leonard and Roberto Duran.

In an interview with Men’s Health, Usher spoke about his role and the possibility of being acknowledged during the award season.

“I don’t know if this is the one that would win me an Oscar or not. I’m going into it offering my interpretation and my hard work and my dedication to be the best Sugar Ray ever,” he said. “Or as good as the man can be. I’ve spoken to him, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to live up to him. But I’ll try to be better than him.”

Take a look at the trailer below.