That bout ended in the loss of his licence that forced him away from the ring for three years but there is no doubt that one of the modern greats is back.
'Anything is possible with the right mindset'.
Despite Fury looking like he was knocked out, the Brit managed to get up and finish the fight to the surprise of both fighters. But Fury went down again - and almost everybody thought it was for good.
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.
Fury's jab did a lot of damage and kept Wilder at bay.
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"I don't think I could handle another fight like that!" "And as long as you tell me you're OK, I'll let you continue". "I did it for you guys".
Fury also showed a salient level of class for not blaming the judges despite a decision that very could have (and likely deserved to) have gone his way.
The next two rounds were fairly quiet in nature - though Wilder busted Fury's nose open late in the fourth.
"The world knows who the real WBC champion is", added the former heavyweight champion, who dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
"No wonder "AJ" didn't want any part of that right hand. He can't move like me, he'd have been nailed!"
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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury reassured their promoters by doubling down on the promotional wheels, to ensure a better-than-average PPV turnout. "It was the (worst) decision since the first Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield fight".
Mauricio Sulaiman - president of the WBC, whose belt Wilder and Fury were fighting for - refused to be too critical of the judges. The assumption was that WBO, IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua would fight the victor - probably Wilder - at Wembley in April, and that still may be the case.
In the end, Fury was the better boxer, Wilder was the stronger puncher, and while one can question the margin on the card favoring Wilder, the end result was probably the fairest outcome, setting up a rematch that most fans will look forward to. Three years later, the impossible almost happened again.
"When I say I was on the brink of suicide - I mean suicide - and I came back with the help of [trainer] Ben Davison and a great team around me, we were able to achieve what we achieved tonight". I think when he's exhausted he's more unsafe because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened.
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