Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer—the man who delivered the unforgettable soundtracks to The Lion King, Gladiator and Inception, among dozens of other movies—has crafted a score unlike any other for Premier Boxing Champions.
Zimmer’s idea for the score germinated from a visit to Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California, where the powerful and rhythmic sounds of gloves hitting flesh and leather became the impetus for a driving percussion track.
Boxers pounding heavy bags and speed bags were recorded in real time at the gym and used on the actual mix.
After composing a stunning melodic theme on top of the boxing sounds, Zimmer was off to London to record the orchestral score at Sir George Martin’s famous AIR Studios.
The sounds blazing off of the track are from the brass and strings of Zimmer’s handpicked favorites from the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the London Sessions Orchestra.
Like many youth of his generation, the composer grew up an ardent boxing fan.
“There was a time when everyone—European as well as American—knew whom the champion of the world was,” Zimmer said. “I wanted to give a musical voice to honor these real-life heroes and athletes.
"When I heard what PBC was doing to bring boxing back to its proper status in the world of sports, I was very passionate about getting involved.”
Says PBC Executive Producer Michael Marto: “When Mr. Zimmer and I began discussing ideas, he kept coming back to the thought: I want the audience to feel exactly what it’s like to be fighting someone in the ring…the power…the punches…the triumph…the tragedy.
“I’ve spent 30 years working with the biggest musicians in the world, and working with Hans Zimmer was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had. On top of his musical genius, he is the consummate gentleman and professional at all levels. He poured every ounce of his being into bringing this soundtrack to life—and it shows with every note.”
The score can be heard March 7 as Premier Boxing Champions makes its debut on prime time television on NBC.
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