Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American's left eye.
But while the scoring drew criticism, with many arguing that Fury had done enough to win, there was a marked absence of animosity after the bout.
But Fury, in part with motivation from Wilder, eventually got his life under control and returned to the ring in June after a 31-month layoff and won two fights in a row before agreeing to face Wilder.
Wilder, the undefeated WBC champion retained his title after squaring off against undefeated challenger and former WBA, WBO, IBO, and unofficial lineal champion Fury, in front of nearly 18,000 people at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
"None were like Fury when it came to publicity and generating news stories and none were like Wilder when it came to finding punches and dropping people". I didn't sit still. "I was never going to be knocked out tonight".
Fury started with the mind games right away from the opening bell, playing a defensive battle by making Wilder miss a lot, with both men stunning one another late. We're the best in the world.
Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching "two great heavyweights trading shots".
Fury, who out-landed Wilder 84-71 overall, was caught by a short right hand by Wilder just behind the left ear to drop Fury for the third time in his career in the ninth round. "The respect was mutual".
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Lewis, whose first fight with Evander Holyfield ended in a controversial draw in March 1999, empathised with Fury but nevertheless praised his fellow Briton for his showing at the Staples Center.
BBC analyst Steve Bunce added: "In addition to bringing a brilliant triangle of fights between the three of them, these two are bringing stuff that those guys back then didn't have". It doesn't matter to me where we do it. I was forcing my punches too much.
Unfortunately for Wilder, he appeared to gas himself out going for the finish that he didn't get after the knockdown.
Fury was elusive and creative in the seventh and eighth rounds, and Wilder had few answers.
And yet, out of nowhere, with almost 34 minutes of fighting in the tank, Fury was able to spring back to life like a man possessed, beating the count.
The fight attracted the celebrity attention expected in Hollywood from actors and athletes alike.
On the undercard, Jarrett Hurd defended his WBA and IBF 154-pound belts with a fourth-round stoppage of Jason Welborn. Welborn managed to get on the inside of Hurd, rocking him throughout the first three rounds of the bout.