Usher is ready to brawl on the cover of the new issue of industry trade mag Billboard. He is putting up his dukes and is ready for a fight … at least in his pose. Usher, thanks to his music, strikes us as a lover, not a fighter.

The R&B superstar, who just unveiled the standard and deluxe edition covers of ‘Looking 4 Myself,’ which drops June 12, looks like a dashing gentleman on his latest Billboard cover, even though he’s assuming a boxer’s pose. Then again, Usher is known for creating hit after hit, and mentoring hit after hitmaker Justin Bieber, so perhaps that’s why he has adopted a hitter’s stance. The cover tag is ‘Dirty Dancing With the Hitman,’ referencing everything we just mentioned in a subtle way.

He’s also looking infinitely stylish in his blue blazer, too. The stare is also enough to make the ladies weak in the knees.

Yeah, it’s safe to say that it’s good to be Usher.