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Looks like Usher is busy recording new music, but he’s also planning to shoot new film roles and play a boxer, much like Will Smith played Muhammad Ali. The BBC reports that Usher will portray “Sugar” Ray Leonard in a film about the life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán. Joining him on the project is Robert De Niro, who has been cast as legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcell – who coached 18 world champions including Durán. And the fights between “Sugar” Ray and Roberto were legendary, Usher said,”I’m in preparation for a very incredible role. If you guys see me running around London that’s what it is. If you see me in the corners boxing. I’m doing that while working on this album.”

Speaking of a new album, Usher revealed, “I think the world deserves an Usher and Adele record. That’s what I think. That would be the other U.K. connection that I think everybody would be really fond of and enjoy.”

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