Critics felt that Fury, who had been knocked down in the ninth and 12th rounds, had comprehensively earned a decision on points, but it was ultimately scored a draw. Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.
Following the decision, both men said they thought they did enough to eke out the win.
Fury arrived to the ring dancing to his entrance music, Freed From Desire, with his large travelling support singing him on the way. "I came out slow".
Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: "Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I've ever seen in my life".
'It's not been any secret what I've been doing out of the ring, ' Fury said.
"The world knows who the real WBC champion is", added the former heavyweight champion, who dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
"I fought back from suicide, from mental anxiety and depression". "I was never going to be knocked out tonight. It could easily have been a riot there last night, but I calmed the situation down by not complaining about the decision". "I'll leave the audience to make up their mind". "I came here tonight and I fought my heart out". A lesser referee could've called the fight. Because there were about 10,000 travellers, Brits, that came from around the world (to attend the fight). "It was a great fight and let's do it again".
"The ref said, 'Go left, go right".
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"One hundred percent we'll do the rematch", Fury said.
- SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018Two great champions.
But from a boxing standpoint, Fury's comeback wouldn't have made much of a dent had he lost and succumbed to Wilder's frightening power in Round 12 when a vicious two-punch combination appeared to leave Fury out cold on his back.
Meanwhile, you could just see the wheels spinning in Wilder's head trying to figure out the best way to reach his quarry. It's certainly a refreshing departure from the ostentatious cash-flashing normalised by other top fighters.
The morning after the fight, with the threat of destruction removed, Fury was able to speak more freely about his disappointment.
Wilder responded with increasingly desperate flurries of big punches, very few of which found their mark.
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury ended up being an entertaining WBC Title fight to remember.
Fury however recovered well and regained his composure to resume where he had left off.