By the fourth round, Wilder began to detonate his feared right hand, to limited success, with Fury dipping just slightly out of range every time the American loaded up.
It wasn't Deontay Wilder's original hope to face Tyson Fury; the current WBC heavyweight champion entered 2018 hoping for an anticipated undisputed title fight with WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Fury dominated the fight, seemingly winning nearly every single round bar the two where Wilder dumped the challenger to the canvas.
The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-110 for Fury and the third 113-113.
"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", Fury said.
Wilder, who remains unbeaten after 41 fights, immediately called for a rematch. But even though he did not win his comeback from the depths of addiction and mental illness remains something to behold as he and Wilder gave the fans a memorable, tension-filled fight.
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Classy combinations drew cheers from his supporters as Wilder failed to rise to the occasion, often missing the target horribly as he tried to land a big punch.
However, in the final round Deontay Wilder was able to floor Tyson Fury with a massive punch. Fury retained the lineal championship.
Fury raised his hands at the end of the 11th, though his celebrations appeared premature when he was dropped again, a right hand doing the damage before a left hook caught him flush while already on the way down.
As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control.
Wilder's reach has been measured at 210.8cm, somewhat shorter than Fury's 215.9cm reach.