Other sportsmen paid tribute to the efforts of both fighters, with former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand saluting Fury for how he has dealt with his personal demons.
Fury said: "Getting off the canvas is what true champions do".
"We are two great champions", he said. "I've got good fighting spirit".
Many believed Fury won the fight, although Wilder knocked his opponent down twice. "Life continues. It is what it is", Fury said.
"I'm not going to sit here and complain, and scream robbery or whatever", Fury said.
"I haven't seen as bad a decision since the first Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield fight".
Fans and pundits have reacted with disbelief after Tyson Fury's world title bout with Deontay Wilder ended a draw. Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me. "Only God knows how he got back up". "The respect was mutual".
Neither man was overly upset by the verdict after a compelling bout in front of a frenzied Hollywood crowd. They embraced warmly and immediately talked about a rematch in the spring.
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And the fighters delivered, each in his unique way. I don't know what fight those judges were watching; the guy who gave it 115-111, I don't know what he was watching. However, like in the 12th round, Fury recovered quickly and began to land punches again on the champion. "Fury's stock went up!" "I was on the brink of suicide, and I came back", he said.
"I don't really have much use for it, I'm not interested in becoming a millionaire or a billionaire".
"Fury's movement with upper body and lower body was tremendous".
Fury struggled to generate consistent offense until a strong sixth round, likely costing himself early rounds. He has a great right hand but he wasn't able to put it to bed until the last couple of rounds.
Yep, Tyson Fury is essentially boxing world's answer to The Undertaker.
"It's an iconic comeback".
"Everybody out there suffering from the same problems, I did it for you". But Fury suggested he felt something even stronger when he was on his back with his eyes closed in the 12th round.
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.