Roberto Duran Day: Usher, Rubén Blades Write Song For Movie 'Hands Of Stone' About Boxer's Life

Hands of Stone
Edgar Ramírez plays Roberto Duran in the movie "Hands of Stone" about the legendary boxer's life. Courtesy The Weinstein Company

On Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00p.m. at Bayside Marketplace, the City of Miami will celebrate the life and career of beloved boxing icon, Roberto Duran by declaring August 18 “Roberto Duran Day” at a ceremony attended by the cast of “Hands of Stone,” the upcoming film from The Weinstein Company based on the champ’s life premiering August 26.

Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez, who plays Duran in “Hands of Stone,” writer and director Jonathan Jakubowicz and producers Claudine Jakubowicz and Carlos Garcia Paredes, will join the Panamenian fighter in a celebration where the Mayor of the City of Miami, Tomas Regalado, will gift Duran and the cast with The Key to the City and proclaim Thursday, August 18, 2016, as “Roberto Duran Day” in Miami. The Consulate of Panama in Miami and the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will also honor Duran at the ceremony.

To celebrate this accomplishment and the release of the highly anticipated movie, The Weinstein Company has released the song “Champions,” written and sang by Usher, who plays Sugar Ray Leonard in the movie, and legendary Panamanian artist Rubén Blades, who is also in the movie as Carlos Eleta. Check out the song below.

ABOUT HANDS OF STONE

“Hands of Stone”  follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year ‐ old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, with the help of his trainer Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro), he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no más” (no more.) Both Duran and Leonard have a karmic effect on each other's journey. They come of age as only the best opponents can in what many experts consider the biggest rivalry in the history of sports.

Hands of Stone Edgar Ramírez seen here as Roberto Duran in the movie "Hands of Stone," fighting with Usher, who plays Sugar Ray Leonard. Courtesy The Weinstein Company

“Hands of Stone”  opens nationwide on August 26.

 

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.