Fury's extraordinary Lazarus act however ensured the fight would go to the judges.
The Bronze Bomber maybe knew he was lucky to have come out of the fight still clinging onto his WBC heavyweight championship, after being under the cosh for most of the fight.
"I hope I did you all proud after almost three years out of the ring", Fury said. I'm very happy with the fight, but put it this way, if I didn't get knocked down twice in that fight, on one of the judge's scorecards I'd have still lost, so he needs banning from boxing forever because he clearly can't judge. "And it brought me back".
"One thing I do know is there wasn't many people who thought I could come here and box like I did", Fury said.
Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense. I'm not going to complain. Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me.
"With 2 knockdowns & round here or there for Wilder and you have a draw in some people's eyes. I did it for you guys".
Then, as promoter Frank Warren revealed that discussions for a rematch are already underway, Fury regained his diplomatic stance of the night before: 'I don't want to say any more which might take away from a great fight nor from Wilder as a true champion and fighting man.
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After just two comeback bouts the announcement that he would fight for the world title did surprise most and the Gypsy King was always going to be the underdog going into the opening bell. "Fury's stock went up!" I wasn't hurt. I did not sit still, I was too hesitant, I started overthrowing the right hand.
Other sportsmen paid tribute to the efforts of both fighters, with former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand saluting Fury for how he has dealt with his personal demons.
Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset.
Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a lengthy absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw.
But early in the ninth, Fury went down when he absorbed a shot to the top of the head from Wilder.
Fury's personal story was well-documented as he ballooned upwards of 400 pounds, fell into addiction of alcohol and drugs and almost succumbed to a dark depression in which he was resigned to killing himself through excess in order to numb the pain.
The card also saw Luis Ortiz score an 11th-round knockout of Travis Kauffman and Joe Joyce get a first-round knockout win over Joe Hanks.