But the contest was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 as a draw was declared, meaning Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title.
Wilder jumped aboard: "I 100 per cent agree with that".
Surely thinking his eighth successful defence of his WBC strap was secure, Wilder began to celebrate in the ring. Then Fury got up.
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"I had a holy hand upon me tonight", Fury said.
"I just showed the world tonight that everyone suffering with their mental health, that you can come back and it can be done", Fury told BT Sport.
The former heavyweight champion, who drew with Wilder in Los Angeles on Saturday night, said he would give away his earnings to help the homeless. Never before, has an American holding the Heavyweight strap achieved so much with so little fanfare - but this fight has seemingly altered his course for the better, for even the casual boxing fan was bewitched by Wilder's otherworldly charisma, and intrigued by his knockout potential.
Tyson Fury agreed with his coach, confirming that he was anxious what might happen if he made a stink in the ring.
Fury struggled to generate consistent offense until a strong sixth round, likely costing himself early rounds.
'There are a lot of homeless people on the streets here, more than I've ever seen ever in my life.
"I really thought I had him out of there", Wilder said afterwards. "I am the fighting man and I'll step up and represent my country, and tonight I did that".
"Everybody out there suffering from the same problems, I did it for you".
Until Wilder's sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset.
But again, Wilder's power came to his rescue in the final stanza, with a right hook causing Fury to topple over, before a left hook by Wilder a split second later slammed Fury's head to the canvas.
"It's an iconic comeback", he said.
Fury's personal story was well-documented as he ballooned upwards of 400 pounds, fell into addiction of alcohol and drugs and almost succumbed to a dark depression in which he was resigned to killing himself through excess in order to numb the pain.
On the undercard, Jarrett Hurd defended his WBA and IBF 154-pound belts with a fourth-round stoppage of Jason Welborn.
Cuba's Luis Ortiz knocked down Travis Kauffman three times before stopping him late in the 10th round, and British heavyweight Joe Joyce improved to 7-0 with a first-round stoppage of Joe Hanks.