The WBC champion had said all along he only needed to be ideal for two seconds and it would be lights out for Fury.
Neither man was overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd. "It was a great fight and let's do it again".
The 30-year-old Briton, who had boxed skillfully to frustrate and outpoint the aggressive but inaccurate Wilder, looked to have finally been beaten when the American champion uncorked a savage right-left combination that sent him sprawling to the floor. Fury was back to his quicksilver boxing in a wonderfully impressive round 10, shaking off the damage sustained in the previous session. The Alabama native crashed a right hand just above Fury's ear in the eighth, sending him to the canvas.
Fury was disappointed not to have been given the win, but felt he performed better than Joshua would have done - the IBF, WBA and WBO champion having failed to agree terms to fight Wilder this year. I think when he's exhausted he's more risky because he just flings those punches around and if one of them hit you round the head, you're going to go down and it happened.
"The rematch I guarantee I'm going to get him".
"No wonder AJ didn't want no part of that right hand! We're both warriors. But with those two drops, I think I won the fight".
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, which promotes Joshua, stayed up to watch the fight from England and told ESPN.com via email: "I had Fury winning the fight as most did". But Wilder and Fury may stage a rematch first. "Fury's stock went up!"
Staples Center had a frenzied atmosphere after the high-energy introductions, but the fighters settled into a technical bout early.
As you can see there, it doesn't take Fury too long to get back up on his fight and continue on into the fight, but it was the WAY that Fury got back up that grabbed the attention of most viewers. It doesn't matter to me where we do it.
Tapper and Edwards scored rounds two through to four for Fury, having each awarded the opener to Wilder. This performance showed he has convincingly recovered from that, and he may even again prove the best heavyweight in the world. Fury used his twitchy movement and near-constant feints to disrupt the rhythm of Wilder, whose trademark looping punches rarely found their mark.
Unfortunately for Wilder, he appeared to gas himself out going for the finish that he didn't get after the knockdown.