All three judges in charge of the WBC heavyweight title fight on Saturday night decided on a different outcome as a split draw was registered.
The hard-hitting Wilder knocked Fury down twice, including a brutal right-left combination that sent the towering Fury to the canvas in the 12th in what initially looked to be the end of the fight.
"I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said Wilder (40-0-1), adding that he started slow and rushed his punches in a sub-par performance.
Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favoured Wilder 115-111.
While both men felt they had done enough to win the fight, both accepted the result.
"The world knows the truth, I thought I won the fight, and I should have gone home with that belt, but we're on away soil so God bless his team, God bless America".
Lewis elaborated further on Twitter, saying that the result reminded him of his first bout with American Evander Holyfield in NY in 1999 where controversial judging ruled the fight a draw when most analysts saw it as a win for the Brit. Although he didn't land it with full force, he dropped Fury, who did not seem badly hurt.
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Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), 30, of England, clowned around by putting his hands behind his back and bobbing his head, but he eventually began landing jabs to the head and body as Wilder was wild with his punches.
"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said.
Whilst the judge who scored so heavily in favour of Wilder has been criticised, the officials have come under fire for not recognising what looked to some observers like a clear foul.
Wilder at first celebrated with a shimmy only to appear stunned when Fury beat the count and got back on his feet.
Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James wrote: "Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I've ever seen in my life".
"We gave more attention to the defensive phase today in order to kill the match and got a very good reaction for the level of application and attention". I know when I try to get them out of there the plan goes.
Wilder, who also had Fury on the deck in the ninth round, was adamant he had won. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".
- SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 2, 2018Two great champions. "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet", added Fury, who exited his press conference after leading a rousing chorus of Don McLean's classic "American Pie".
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