Saturday's action-packed WBC heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles saw the Bronze Bomber floor his rival twice during the fight - but Fury managed to rise form the canvas both times.
Fury bravely made it to the final bell but fell short in his bid to regain the world heavyweight championship.
The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.
"With the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight", said the American.
"We're on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight", said England's Fury, whose incredible comeback continues following a two and a half-year absence from the sport.? Fury, meanwhile, thought he piled up enough points to claim the decision.
"We are two great champions", he said.
"I've come away and I'm on away soil but what most disappointed me was the British judge".
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.
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While Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO), was significantly hurt after both knockdowns, in both rounds he rallied back to actually stun Wilder before those rounds ended. "Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet". Wilder then went on the chase, and the referee appeared to be close to stopping the fight, but Fury fired back in the final minute of the fight.
If there was one thing to perfectly sum up the collected feeling of shock reverberating around the world as Fury opened his eyes and sat up, like a man who had just been resuscitated, it was the expression etched on Wilder's face as he watched it happen from across the ring.
"They need to get some good judges, these judges were awful", he said.
In 2015, Fury shocked the world when he won the titles of the three most important ranking boxing organisations, the IBF, WBO and WBA by beating long-reigning Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a unanimous decision. He vacated his titles and spent 2 ½ years out of the ring before getting sober.
What was supposed to be a prelude to at least put the public pressure on Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO), who is not only the owner of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles but the biggest draw in the division, to face the victor of this bout - especially if it was Wilder - at some point in 2019, instead may have tabled that fight for the time being.
In terms of the jab, Fury connected with 46 of his 223 attempts, compared to 40 of 248 by his opponent and in power shots, it was 38 from 104 for the Gypsy King, compared with 31 out of 182 for the reigning champion. I was forcing my punches too much.
With just two minutes left in the fight, Wilder buckled Fury's knees with a right hand and knocked him senseless with a flawless left on the way down.
"Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"