October 6, 2011- Sugar Ray Leonard, the legendary boxer, trained Hugh Jackman for scenes in Real Steel, a Steven Spielberg movie. Jackman last took to the squared circle when he appeared in a fight scene while appearing in X-Men as Logan, the Wolverine. This time round, he is once again near the ring, but only as a corner man helping his boxer, an eight-foot robot.
Even though he does not step into the ring in his latest film, he was trained by the legendary Leonard on how to handle the corner during a fight. Most people that do not know a lot about boxing underestimate the importance of the corner people during a bout, even though for the film Jackman was encouraging on a robot.
In Sugar Ray’s heyday, he had the best corner man there was, Angelo Dundee. He would hire Dundee in the last phase leading up to a bout because Dundee knew what to say to Leonard and how to motivate the ex-fighter. With Dundee leading him on in the corner, Leonard was able to win championships and become one of the all time greats boxing has ever seen.
The movie follows Jackman trying to help a robot that has been discarded, back to glory in the ring.