Usher is playing Sugar Ray Leonard, is shirtless for Men’s Health: so hot?


Usher covers the 25th anniverary issue of Men’s Health. They love him over there. The mag previously did a feature on how to “Usher in your abs” (groan). Now Usher is promoting his role as Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone, and his abs are all over the place. Those are some nice abs, right? I’d think about hitting it, but the Scientology taint ruins the picture. That’s a deal breaker.

Here are some excerpts. Usher is super pumped about playing Sugar Ray. I’m not sure that he can pull off the role, but he’s certainly working hard on the physical aspects:


Usher is method: “My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him. The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in–all that. He’s an incredible man.”

He’s hardcore too: “I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not. ‘ve been cruising my way down to 174, 172. My second day I decided to ride to the gym,” 10 miles from his home in Atlanta. “So I rode there. Boxed. Rode the bike back home. Mentally, I’m the type of person who can ignore the pain. Put it somewhere else and allow my body to just go there. But I always suffer. 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.”

Taking it down a notch: “Sugar Ray Robinson said the most potent weapon in boxing is rest. Now I realize you can’t push yourself all the way. You have to pull back a little bit.”

[From Men’s Health]

This is actually very useful information for recreational athletes. Pulling back from training is hard to do in the lead up to an event. Eventually, one realizes there are few gains to be made in the final hour. Showing up exhausted never helps anyone.

The NY Daily News reports that Usher and ex Tameka Foster are still duking it out in court over their two sons. After one of the boys almost died in a pool accident this summer, the battle rages on. Usher has full custody of the boys, and Tameka says he refuses to attend co-parenting classes or involve her in any decisions. There’s always bad blood after a divorce, but it’s a shame Usher can’t grow up and get along with Tameka for the sake of their kids.





Photos courtesy of Men’s Health

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  1. mia girl says:

    I must have missed all the Usher joining CO$ stuff… but if true, then maybe he’s not cooperating with the ex because, aside from her general craziness, from a cult standpoint he deems her a suppressive person.

    • blue marie says:

      That would have come out in the court proceeding though right? Couldn’t she have used that against him? I had forgotten all about the CO$ crap.

  2. V4Real says:

    Well I heard Usher is kind of sweet and Sugar Ray was called sweetness. I kid folks.

    Not a bad casting IMO and Usher’s body is hot.

    • T.C. says:

      I hate musicians cast for roles when we have very good trained Black actors from England and America who should be getting these roles.

  3. janie says:

    Damn he’s hot!! I watched Wendy Williams yesterday & she said the reason he has soul custody, is the result of a mental evaluation. She was deemed narcissistic & one other thing. Sounds like his mom was right all along? My 2¢!

    • Dawn says:

      Well damn..if you can lose your kids because you are a narcissist then who in the world will get poor North West when her whole family is nothing but narcissistic?

  4. Dawn says:

    I like Usher and I can see this happening. I hope he is NOT in CO$ because that would be just too sad.

  5. lucy2 says:

    Has he done any acting before?

  6. Holden says:

    I have no idea why women like this guy, he is a world class deusche nozzle on the Chris Brown level.

    • fingerbinger says:

      No not like Chris Brown. Usher cheats he doesn’t beat.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      Chris Brown is in a category all his own. I think Usher is very cocky and at times arrogant, but he’s not violent or abusive.

  7. Grant says:

    Usher is not nearly as hot as Usher thinks he is.

  8. Grant says:

    Usher is not nearly as hot as Usher thinks he is.

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  10. lisa says:

    he looks like mon chi chi

  11. Yum says:

    Gosh almost licked my monitor!

  12. wtf says:

    I have never heard that he was involved in COS. That’s disappointing if true. As far as his custody issues go, it seems to me like Tameka is out of her mind. Their kid almost dies in a pool accident and you have filed court papers before he’s even discharged from the hospital. Come on

    As for him playing Sugar Ray; I think he’s perfect for the role. They are both hot and sweet and a little dumb.

  13. Kim1 says:

    Celebs who are members of COS don’t deny or hide it.They are very proud of COS.Usher is not in COS.Jonetta ain’t having it ,she would help Tameka get custody if he was in COS.

  14. Onyx XV says:

    Hot body, great voice, homely-ass face.