Usher palled around with former professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard at the New York Premiere of Hands Of Stone Monday night.

Usher & Sugar Ray Leonard

Usher, who plays a young Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands of Stone, seemed happy to have the boxing legend at his side on the red carpet at NYC’s SVA Theater. As photographers snapped away, Usher pointed at Leonard, who gave a big grin for the cameras.

“The champion & the man who portrays him on film!” the Hands of Stone Twitter page captioned a video of the two at the premiere. “@sugarrayleonard & @usher meet on the red carpet. #HandsOfStone”

On Instagram, Usher, better known for his work as an R&B singer and producer, shared a picture of himself on the red carpet on Instagram. “Official Premiere #HandsOfStone,” he captioned the snap of himself raising up a fist.

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Hands of Stone tells the story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who shockingly defeated Sugar Ray Leonard in a 1980 bout. In a rematch the following November, Duran forfeited his welterweight title, reportedly saying, “No mas,” halfway through the eight round, knowing that he was likely to lose.

“One of my toughest rivals, and now friends,” Leonard captioned a picture with Duran at the Hands of Stone premiere on Twitter.

Hands of Stone hits theaters this Friday, Aug. 26.

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