Fury had little to say to BT Sport after the weigh-in, simply saying of Wilder: "He's flapping". Fury's gameplan was known to everyone from the outset, fight on the outside using his length and set traps for the occasionally undisciplined Wilder to try and catch him off balance or rushing in.
"The only thing against him is he'd had a long lay-off (of nearly three years), and he's not boxed anywhere near the class he needs to now", McDermott, the last fighter said to have beaten Fury, told Press Association Sport. After two tune-up fights, he agreed to challenge Wilder in America for the only belt Fury didn't win off Klitschko, the WBC belt.
The victor was projected to face Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO title-holder, for the undisputed championship. I came here tonight and I fought my heart out.
He had earlier frustrated Wilder with his jab and a succession of accurate right hands, but the American's late attack salvaged his WBC belt on the scorecards. "I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight".
But in the 12th he lay motionless after a savage combination, barely making the count to see out the contest, which was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.
A 113-113 draw on Phil Edwards' card confirmed Wilder would remain as champion, disappointing both Fury and the raucous travelling fans who greeted the result with a chorus of boos.
"I should have won the fight but I'm not going to complain".
"Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"
It wasn't until the ninth round that Wilder landed a heavy blow. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace. Each will make adjustments based on their review of the video, but what this fight showed is two evenly matched men at the top of their games. And Fury undoubtedly will go home proud that he traveled away from home and hung with one of the game's most powerful punchers.
"We're the two best in the world and we proved it".