R&B Star, Usher has been filming the long-awaited “Hands of Stone” movie in where he will be portraying boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. We peeped first photos of Usher and his striking resemblance of the legend on the set in Panama. Usher and Sugar Ray are also both 5′ 10” and look virtually identical in the new movie stills. Nonetheless, Usher was forced to ‘make weight‘ and drop from 180 pounds to Leonard’s usual fighting weight of 146 pounds.

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‘I’ve been cruising my weight down….’ he said this summer during grueling training, which included boxing for hours a day and cycling the 20 mile return trip from his home in Atlanta to the boxing gym.

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The day after Thanksgiving, Usher tweeted a photo of his abs while on break from the set.

Flexin Friday in Panama’ he said over a close up of his much leaner six pack.

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