But the draw left more questions than answers for Wilder and for the time being, the long-awaited showdown with Joshua might be tabled.
"In Warren opinion, if this fight took place at Wembley Stadium and not the Staples Center, "(Fury) would have won this fight".
"I've always spoken that there should be one champion, one face, one name".
"I'll be satisfied with (either Fury or Joshua), to be honest".
"I saw his eyes roll into the back of his head". I got knocked down but I still believe I won the fight.
But while he won the overwhelming majority of rounds in my scorecard and dominated large segments of this fight with his deft movement and feints that threw Wilder off his rhythm, unfortunately he was struck down twice to the canvas in rounds 9, and most dramatically in the 12th, when the prevailing sense was that Wilder needed a miraculous finish to retain his title. "If he doesn't want the fight then we'd certainly be up for sitting down with Tyson too for that date as he deserves another shot".
"Deontay will fight anyone. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet".
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder afterwards. Wilder has emerged as a great heavyweight champion, and he continues to prove that.
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"I'm not denigrating anybody but I think the two guys tonight would beat the third guy (Joshua)".
Fury added, encouraging the press to sing before dropping the microphone. "The world knows I won the fight", said Fury, in the immediate aftermath of his effort.
"I'd like to see it in the United Kingdom, fill a football stadium up, fill up Wembley, Arsenal, any of those big stadiums". We want the fight. It was a great fight, so let's do it again.
After somehow surviving a sustained attack from Ortiz, he slowly recovered and had to come from behind to knock his challenger out in the 10th round, leading to his fight with Fury. "I'm going to go home and enjoy Christmas and sit down with my team and recalculate".
There were plenty more backing Fury on social media.
"Well the future of boxing is brighter because the heavyweight division right now is so vibrant".
Fury appeared to be on his way to a decision victory when he came out for the final round - and a minute later, he looked totally finished when Wilder put him on his back with a right-left combination. DiBella and Finkel admitted they had already started climbing towards the ring in expectation the fight was over. I showed good heart to get up.
But Fury never defended the belts as his life went into a downward spiral because of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues - including depression and suicidal thoughts - and enormous weight gain from around 260 pounds to 400. "I was like it's over", Wilder said afterwards. "I was representing everyone who suffers around the world".
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