R&B singer Usher will play the role of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. The film will be about legendary Panamanian boxer and Sugar Ray rival Roberto Duran. Leonard was world champion in five different weight divisions and retired in 1997. Usher says that he is excited to be preparing for this role. BBC reports:

Usher has confirmed that he's set to play Sugar Ray Leonard in an upcoming boxing film called Hands Of Stone.

Leonard, a world champion in five different weight divisions, finally retired from boxing in 1997 after a number of comebacks.

The film is about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán.

The R&B star said he was in training for the role in the film which he says will also star Robert De Niro and Gael García Bernal.

 "I'm in preparation for a very incredible role," Usher said.

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