*Veteran actors know what it takes to commit fully to a role.

So it is quite impressive that acting newcomer, Usher, is so committed to his new role as legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard that he dropped 30 pounds.

In newly-released photos from the set of “Hands of Stone,” which is currently filming in Panama, the R&B singer is shown with a mini fro and slimmer physique.

usher in ring on stoolAccording to reports, he was determined to make weight and drop from 180 pounds to Leonard’s usual fighting weight of 146 pounds.

“What he did as a boxer is no different from what I do as a dancer…I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not,” the 35-year said in the November issue of Men’s Health. “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.”

usher abs1“He had such incredible discipline and he was flashy and classy at the same time,” Usher told Billboard. “I want to be as passionate and dedicated in preparing for this role as he was every time he stepped into the ring.”

Usher showed off his hard work with this Instagram post on Friday: “Flexin Friday in Panama. URIV,” he wrote.