A new featurette for the film Hands of Stone premiered and gave life to the rumors that Usher is about to truly deliver in the role of the phenomenal boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. We'd heard about it for AGES now, it seems, but now we get a look at Usher in action.
Hands of Stone follows the life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), who defeated Leonard in 1980 to capture the WBC welterweight title. However, he shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their rematch, famously saying the words “no mas.”
The clip gives us a look at the intense training Usher had to go through to mimic the lightning fast moves, the mindset and attitude — being trained by Sugar Ray himself!
And Usher explains the significance of the role, saying, "Sugar Ray Leonard was an American icon. He's someone who represented so much hope for African-American people," Usher says in the clip. "When you saw Sugar Ray Leonard, you knew that you could do it all."
Hands of Stone hits theaters August 26. Watch the featurette below: