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Monday, 06 May 2013 11:52

Usher training to play Sugar Ray Leonard in movie

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Usher thinks his dancing skills will help him play Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming movie "Hands of Stone." Usher says Leonard was "an incredible motion guy, the way he moved around the ring." He says his dancing will make it easier for him to pick up his moves. Usher has been training to play Leonard for more than a year. He says he needs to lose nearly 25 pounds before shooting begins in October. The movie is the story of Roberto Duran, who was known as Hands of Stone. Leonard was unbeaten before Duran beat him for the WBC welterweight title. Duran lost the rematch several months later in the fight where he said "no mas" when he couldn't continue.