But just when the fight was turning into a one-sided landslide victory in favor of Fury, Wilder turned things around in a hurry.
"I would love for it to be my next fight", Wilder said.
Wilder scored two knockdowns and thought he won.
The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113. Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw, as did The Post. "I had a holy hand upon me tonight and brought me back".
"The world knows the truth, I thought I won the fight, and I should have gone home with that belt, but we're on away soil so God bless his team, God bless America".
"I'm not going to sit here and complain, and scream robbery or whatever", Fury said.
Fury had the better of the fight (probably) but Wilder knocked him down twice, including one blow in the final round that would have put a horse to sleep, but Fury somehow dragged himself up from it.
Instead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury's miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round. But Fury just beat the count and survived the round as a crowd of 17,698 roared its approval.
The fighters will meet in the center of the ring in the biggest heavyweight title fight on US soil since 2002 when plenty at stake for both, including a possible date with unified champion Anthony Joshua in 2019.
Frank Warren, who promotes Fury, says that regardless of the result this past weekend, a return bout should take place but he added a caveat. "The world knows I won the fight". "It was a great fight and let's do it again". "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".
Yep, Tyson Fury is essentially boxing world's answer to The Undertaker.
A year later, he vacated his titles, following an investigation into doping and a cancelled rematch with Klitschko.
Fury's jab did a lot of damage and kept Wilder at bay.
But in the widely expected rematch with Fury, the 33-year-old "Bronze Bomber" will likely need to win to get his shot. While Fury came out with heightened public perception of his abilities and standing in the game, Wilder's stock drops with this draw.
"And he didn't want it for a reason, because Deontay Wilder is the most fearsome puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight division history, and I saw that and I felt it".
Round 11 stood as the calm before the storm but that and the 10th were unanimously given as Fury rounds.