It was announced that Usher would be playing the role of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and he has been going hard to show that he’s ready.There were images released from the set of the biopic titled “Hands of Stone,” showing Usher’s new 40 pound weight loss after months of training which included daily bike rides. Usher also has gotten full body makeup to cover his tattoos.

My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him,” said Usher in an interview with Men’s Health magazine. “The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in—all that. He’s an incredible man. Usher is so dedicated to the role that he has decided to put his music career on hold. “You can’t box, ride a bike for 20 miles in the heat—Georgia heat—and then go to the studio and rehearse. That’s not happening.”

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