Wilder and Fury fought to a split draw Saturday night, with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title after knocking down his British challenger twice.
The 30-year-old still found cause for optimism after another impressive display at world title level, over three years after he took Wladimir Klitschko's world titles with a points win.
'It's not been any secret what I've been doing out of the ring, ' Fury said.
'I feel I did myself, my family and my country proud.' Of how on earth he managed to get up from the second and most brutal knock-down, in the last round, Fury said: 'I was Phoenix rising from the ashes'.
'I've fought back from suicide and mental health [issues] and depression and anxiety.
He had earlier frustrated Wilder with his jab and a succession of accurate right hands, but the American's late attack salvaged his WBC belt on the scorecards. Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me.
Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight champion, said Fury was the clear victor of the bout, empathising with the "Gypsy King" as he referenced his own fight with Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999.
Trainer Dave Coldwell tweeted: "I gave Wilder two 10-8s and one other round".
Wilder also knocked the Englishman down in the ninth. I showed good heart to get up.
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"When you get two warriors, you get a great fight", Wilder said.
Unfortunately for Fury and his fans, however, this was not the case with the fight being deemed a controversial draw. "At the count of six, Fury, who stands at 6'9" 256 pounds, rose to his feet.
"It's easy to beat me - nail me to the canvas", Fury said.
And when asked if he thought Joshua could have got up from the punches that knocked him down, Fury was steadfast in his response: "No way, no way, he can't move so he would never have got out of the way of Wilder".
The six-foot-nine-inch heavyweight could have been stopped on his back by referee Jack Reiss but Fury thanked him for giving the Manchester-born fighter a chance. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again".
"We are two great champions", he said.
Fury had every reason to be unhappy at the judges' verdict. "Only God knows how he got back up", Wilder said about the knockdown.
Fury's personal story was well-documented as he ballooned upwards of 400 pounds, fell into addiction of alcohol and drugs and almost succumbed to a dark depression in which he was resigned to killing himself through excess in order to numb the pain.
At the end of the third Wilder's eye had been swollen after decent shots from the former WBA champion, including one right at the end of the round.