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‘Hands Of Stone’ NYC Premiere Was A Total KNOCKOUT! Usher, Sugar Ray Leonard, The Carters & More Flock To Screening


Total Knockout! The YBF stars aligned last night at the Hands of Stone NYC premiere where Usher, Sugar Ray Leonard, Beyonce, Jay Z and more were in attendance. Flicks inside…

Last night was fight night!

The red carpet was rolled out at the SVA Theater in NYC for the premiere of the highly anticipated Hands of Stone film. R&B crooner Usher linked up with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard for a knockout flick together as they made their way down the carpet.

The boxing film tells the story of boxing legend Roberto Duran.  Usher will star as Duran’s ultimate rival Sugar Ray.

In an interview with the “TODAY” show, the Grammy Award winning artist said one of the reasons he was chosen to play the iconic athlete was because his skill in choreographed movements are similar to Sugar Ray’s. “I didn’t prepare like it was an acting role," he told the morning show. “I prepared liked a boxer.”

As expected, the cast also hit the carpet with Usher, including Ana de Armas, Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower, and Edgar Ramirez, who will star as Roberto Duran.

Roberto’s nickname in the ring was “Manos de Piedra” which translates to “Hands of Stone.”

De Niro is set to play Roberto’s aging trainer Ray Arcel, who makes a comeback in the boxing world after he was forced to retire.

Actress Ana de Armas is set to star as Roberto's wife and mother of his children, Felicidad.

“Quantico” star (and one of our current girl crushes) Priyanka Chopra was on the scene to support.

By the way, Priyanka will return to the small screen in the new season of "Quantico" which premieres Sunday, September 25th at 10/9c.

What's a premiere without a few selfies with the fans lined up outside?

Brooklyn native and actress Rosie Perez is a huge boxing fan, so it was no surprise to see her on the scene snapping it up with Sugar Ray.

Then, the Carters rolled up on the scene in matching gray suits looking like the ultimate power couple that they are: 

Beyonce and Jay Z were on the scene to support their good friends Usher and Robert De Niro. 

Usher shared the cutest coupledom snap shot of the couple with the caption "Familia" on SnapChat.

And Bey showed off her sophisticated style:


By the way, check out how Jay had to strong arm a fan who tried to get a selfie with Bey HERE. Ha!

DJ D-Nice was tapped to provide the tunes during the premiere and he nabbed a shot with music manager Jaha Johnson and Roc Nation Sports exec Shawn "Pecas" Costner. Fun times!

Hands of Stone hits theaters Friday, August 26th.


Photos: Getty/Splash/Usher’s SnapChat/Beyonce.com/D-Nice's IG

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