Even though Wilder made a throat-slashing gesture and mouthed "It's over", Fury beat the count and went back to work.
Wilder may have kept his title and exhibited so savagely why he is called the "Bronze Bomber", but it was Fury who controlled most of the fight.
"He needs sacking or to go to Specsavers. (But) it's stuff like this that gives boxing a bad name".
"I don't know how I get up, I had a holy hand upon me today and that got me back", Fury said after the fight. Wilder had a gift decision in his own country.
"He must be thanking his lucky stars that he still has the green and gold belt".
"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said Fury, who out-landed Wilder 84-71 overall.
Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, said Fury was the clear victor of the bout, empathising with the "Gypsy King" as he referenced his own fight with Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999.
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Wilder, who also had Fury on the deck in the ninth round, was adamant he had won. Judge Phil Edwards and The Associated Press both scored it a 113-113 draw, with Wilder's knockdowns compensating for Fury's superior technique.
Promoter Frank Warren said: "I'd love the rematch". Knowing he needed a stoppage Wilder came out swinging early in the last round and once again knocked Fury to the ground.
Here's hoping we get to see such a generous gesture put into action; it would be quite something if the money he earned as a result of his recovery ends up helping others back from the brink.
A re-match would nearly inevitably be in the United Kingdom because of the support for boxing there and Fury's reputation - which he enhanced significantly with a courageous and skilful performance which would have won him a lot of new fans. I'm like a phoenix rising from the ashes. During his post-fight news conference, when addressing the 12th-round knockdown in greater detail, he reminded people that he's been in more dire situations.
Warren is keen to bring the second fight to the United Kingdom and Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel is happy for his man to travel. It was a display of skill which would cause Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion plenty of problems should the pair meet in the ring.
He said: "Anything is a possibility".