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Robert De Niro was cemented as a fighter in our eyes when he won an Oscar in 1980 for his portrayal of real-life boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. And while the actor's had an amazing career since then, it's nice to see him return to the ring this summer — even if he's working as a trainer instead of a fighter.

Writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz has brought De Niro back to the world of boxing alongside actor Edgar Ramirez for Hands of Stone, a new biopic charting the life and career of famed Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán. Ramirez stars as Durán, with De Niro taking on the role of his trainer real-life trainer Ray Arcel. And in this exclusive clip, we can see just how central the relationship between trainer and boxer is in the film.

Roberto Durán may have been a great fighter, but it's clear that he couldn't have done it on his own, as we see Arcel provide some motivation during the middle of a tough bout. And it's clear that while Ramirez might have the starring role, De Niro will certainly have some moments to shine as Arcel. The film had an impressive showing at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and if you love boxing movies this is one you won't want to miss.

Hands of Stone hits theaters on August 26. Are you excited to see Robert De Niro's latest boxing movie? Let us know in the comments. And for even more, be sure to check out the trailer below.


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