Gary Reber (co-producer) said:
"The production of the latest project of The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel took place against a backdrop of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic spanning several months during 2020. Unlike the two previous albums, which were recorded live and in Capitol Studios, respectively, The Pugilist album was recorded amazingly without the members of The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel ever playing together in a room at the same time. Instead, each of the 17 musicians recorded their particular parts covering 14 compositions and arrangements, including improvised solos, separately in their own home studio setting. They performed to a click track used to synchronize their sound recording to those of all the other members of the band."