The sweat dripped off of Marsellos Wilder as he answered questions during his first professional media day.

Marsellos, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder, once had aspiration of playing in the NFL but now has focused his sights on becoming a boxer.

“I didn’t want to just sit around and just work, I wanted to be an athlete,” Wilder said. “I love what I do and I fell in love with it. Now I’m about to make something out of it.”

The younger Wilder became interested in boxing after watching his brother. The two train out of the same gym in Northport. After several rounds of sparring with the heavyweight champion, Marsellos knew he had what it took to be a boxer.

“My first beatings came from my brother. The first time I ever sparred it was against my brother and he definitely didn’t take it lightly,” recalled Marsellos. “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."

The Tuscaloosa native had a brief but highly successful amateur career by winning two Alabama Golden Gloves titles; but now he’s ready to move on to a bigger challenge as a pro.

“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,” Wilder said.

Pro debuts come with certain challenges for rookie fighters, but trainer Jay Deas said he believes Marsellos is ready after his short stint as an amateur.

“Pro debuts you never know but Marsellos, the thing that I was most impressed with in his last amateur fight he was so calm and relaxed,” Deas said. “Usually these young guys are just all over the place but Marsellos demonstrated a real calmness, he picked his shots, he made shots count. I hope to see a continuation of that.”

Knockouts are somewhat of a family tradition, including Marsellos, who believes he’s an exciting and powerful boxer.

“There’s a thrill you get from it,” the Cruiserweight fighter said. “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.”

Wilder will be making his professional debut at the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Fight Card event at the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk on Friday.