Marsellos Wilder is about to embark on his pro career this Friday night as the younger brother of Deontay makes is debut in Tuscaloosa.
The 29 year-old has decided to follow in WBC heavyweight title-holding star Deontay and will enter the cruiserweight ranks against Jalyn Anthony in his hometown.
Discussing his early experiences of boxing when spending time in the gym with Deontay, Marsellos revealed his painful initiation into trading blows came at the hands of his elder sibling.
“My first beatings came from my brother,” Marsellos explained to The Tuscaloosa News. “The first time I ever sparred it was against my brother and he definitely didn’t take it lightly.
“When I was going through that with my brother I asked myself, ‘Could I be able to get in the ring and take this type of beating again?’ And yeah, I could, so I continued on doing it.”
On his first foray into the sport, taking place at Tuscaloosa Rivermarket, Marsellos added: “I’m facing a guy named Jalyn Anthony, I don’t know too much about him. I just hope he’s ready because I am.
“There’s a thrill you get from it (being in the ring). Most of all for me I just want to go in and get the ‘W’. Hey, if I get the knockout that’s a bonus for me,” he added.
Entering the paid ranks at a late stage, Marsellos will have some catching up to do – but will firmly be in the spotlight as the boxing fraternity runs the rule over what could be another massive puncher in the 200-pound division.
If he’s anything like Deontay, it should be a wild ride.