You saw the best Fury, but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done.
The Brit's team immediately called for a rematch, suggesting they would protest the judging in the wake of one officials highly controversial scorecard.
If Wilder's explosive power already posed a significant threat, the biggest question surrounding Fury's chances was whether he had truly recovered from that period, in which he admitted to taking cocaine, becoming suicidal and lived to such excess he reached an estimated 27 stone.
"I've got a amusing feeling he's going to get his running shoes out and stay away from me", said Fury, speaking on ITV.
The Briton instead survived as the exhausted Wilder struggled to force another attack and the stoppage, meaning an immediate rematch will be next.
Wilder's trainer Jay Deas said his fighter is desperate for a rematch. "Both the guys put on a tremendous fight", Deas told the BBC.
Tyson Fury left and trainer Ben Davison have enjoyed a fine relationship
He said: "Listen 100 per cent we'll do the rematch, but we're going to go away, recalculate, see what's going to happen, get back together".
Fury was gradually building a convincing lead into the fight's second half as he landed with several straight rights, even when Wilder's occasional successes looked the more hurtful. Deontay has never had a problem with traveling. "That's not the issue at all".
Meanwhile, Fury limited Wilder to 71 connects (six per round) and Klitschko to 52 when he fought against him (four per round).
And Finkel established that the American's camp would require talks to be more discreet this time.
Responding to Finkel's comments as reported by Sky Sports, Joshua wrote: "What took this fool so long?" Overall, it was a great fight and a result sure to be discussed for some time to come. The country wants it, I want it, everybody wants it.
Joshua last fought in September, when he successfully defended his belts by stopping Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds at Wembley.