Deontay Wilder clung to his WBC belt by the skin of his teeth in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Despite knocking Tyson Fury down twice, the Bronze Bomber was largely outboxed and as a result, the draw has prompted huge controversy.
Few expected the Gypsy King to get up when he was put on the canvas in the 12th round - but that just about sums up the last two-and-a-half years quite nicely.
While he leaves Vegas empty-handed, the 30-year-old has silenced critics of his comeback and can go into the rematch full of confidence.
Fury is back, unquestionably. That much was clear from his performance and almost everyone could see it.
Not quite everyone, however, as judge Alejandro Rochin was the man who forced a split decision by awarding Wilder the fight by 115-111.
Canadian Robert Tapper gave it to Fury (114-112) and UK judge Phil Edwards had the two heavyweights tied on 113-113.
Fury's camp were visibly baffled and his millions of fans were disappointed too.
Malignaggi was livid
On commentary, Paulie Malignaggi was one of the most outspoken pundits to voice his anger.
In the footage below, Malignaggi can be heard saying:
"I don't really care about any of these replays.
"They matter nothing. This decision is a joke. Alejandro Rochin better never work another day in his life in boxing.
"I don't know what else to tell you. We're looking at highlights of a fight that we should be breaking down and why the result is the way it is, but I can't tell you why the result is the way it is.
"We're looking at certain highlights and they I have to explain why the result went the way it shouldn't have.
"I don't know what to tell you anymore, I can't even do my own job."
Malignaggi is only echoing the sentiments of many spectators. Wilder surely wouldn't have wanted to retain his title in such a farcical manner.
Yes, Fury may have been knocked down, but Rochin's decision has led to accusations that the Brit would have had to win comprehensively to be awarded the fight in front of a US crowd.
That said, it all makes for an incredible return bout in 2019.
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