Usher has many accolades under his belt: singer, actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist. Now, he can add a literal ‘good kisser’ to his resume.
The “Good Kisser” singer called in to WPGC and spoke with DJ Flexx about his upcoming role in the Sugar Ray Leonard biopic, Hands of Stone. Leonard was a native Washingtonian, having moved to Palmer Park, Md. when he was three years old.
With roots in D.C., Usher admits he spent some time in Maryland to prepare for his role. “I went to Palmer Park and walked around and asked questions,” he says to DJ Flexx. “I went to the rec center where he first fought… I just wanted to know even though it didn’t feel like it did, just to be in the same space as him.”
But, his research didn’t stop there. “Then I actually sat with Sugar Ray and got to him know as a person.” The biggest moment in Leonard’s career was a major topic of conversation. The No Mas Fight, which pit Leonard against Robert Duran is one of the most famous boxing moments in history. Taking place Nov. 25, 1980, it became iconic when Duran turned to the referees after the eighth round and exclaimed “no mas,” the Spanish phrase for “no more.” While Duran claimed he quit due to stomach cramps, his manager admitted he was mostly embarrassed.
“Those questions are answered in this movie,” Usher admits about the drama between Leonard and Duran.