However, Fury had to climb off the canvas for a second time in a dramatic finish to proceedings, showing tremendous powers of recovery when initially appearing to be out cold from a right-left combination.
The fight would last the full twelve rounds, with the judges eventually scoring it a draw:: 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, 113-113.
Unusually since Anthony Joshua's victory over Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO champion would be at risk of being overlooked as the division's leading attraction, and discussing the inevitable rematch, Fury said: "One hundred percent we'll do it". I'm not going to complain. I didn't sit still.
"When you get two warriors, you get a great fight", Wilder said.
Fury's shot at completing a remarkable return to the top of world boxing saw him survive the two knockdowns to share an enthralling draw with the WBC heavyweight champion.
"With the two knockdowns I definitely won".
The showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury had no victor as one judge said Fury won, one said Wilder, and the third ruled it a draw.
Tonight's fight delivered on all levels as after some awesome entrances, Wilder and Fury went to absolute war! Bless you and your family, god bless you, and god bless America.
Wilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 per cent. I don't know what fight he was watching. The Englishman made Wilder miss constantly, particularly ducking under Wilder's big right hand with grace. "It was a great fight and let's do it again".
The challenger was flat-out on the canvas but somehow found a way to not only recover to beat the count but also box the better of the two men down the stretch.
"We're the two best in the world and we proved it".