As he readies to live out the role of iconic fighter Sugar Ray Leonard, “Trading Places” crooner Usher and his rock-hard abs grace the pages of the latest issue of Men’s Health magazine.
The 25th anniversary edition highlights tips to a speedy metabolism, and what better idea than to recruit Raymond, whose nearly perfect physique has been central to his swoonworthy performances for years.
Having shed over 25 lbs to play the champ, the 34 year-old admits that he got the greatest advice from the boxing vet himself:
Sugar Ray Leonard 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. [...] 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.
You can read the full interview over at Menshealth.com. Peep select photos of Usher’s spread down below. The Hands of Stone film is set for release in early 2014.