Deontay Wilder is now 9 wins away from breaking Floyd Mayweather's 50-0 record, and he says the former world champion's team is backing him

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Deontay Wilder is now 9 wins away from breaking Floyd Mayweather's 50-0 record, and he says he has the support of the former five-weight world champion's team.

Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round of their heavyweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday.

It was the 42nd win of Wilder's career, with 41 of those wins coming by way of knockout. He is eight wins away from going 50 fights unbeaten, like Mayweather, albeit with one draw.

Mayweather's people apparently told Wilder it would be "a great accomplishment."

Another great accomplishment is Wilder's extraordinary knockout ability. He has finished 95 of his opponents, which is a far higher KO rate than the biggest hitters in heavyweight history like Rocky Marciano, George Foreman, and Mike Tyson.

So where does this knockout power come from? It's God-given, Wilder told Business Insider.

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Deontay Wilder is now 9 wins away from breaking Floyd Mayweather's 50-0 record, and he says he has the support of the former five-weight world champion's team.

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