On a night of driving rain in the open air in Belfast, Carl Frampton entered the ring to a sight he dreamed about: Windsor Park filled with boxing people, music blaring and the lights sweeping the old stadium, and a belt around his waist.
Frampton is without a world belt having lost the WBA version to Leo Santa Cruz previous year but the Northern Irishman is widely regarded as Britain's No 1 boxer at nine stone, despite Warrington's impressive defeat of Selby.
He could have answered: "Well, actually I am the fight,", but he's happy to fly under the radar knowing that if he shocks a packed Windsor Park tonight he'll be recognised wherever he goes. That was his dream.
"We delivered, he delivered, Josh delivered a few months ago".
"Luke is highly ranked with the WBO, so it's up to me to keep this momentum going that I have now to do a job on him and get a bigger fight before the end of the year", Frampton agrees.
"We're going to make it happen". They want it and it will happen.
A hard childhood took its toll on Jackson a few years back where he said in the build up to this weekend to BT that he used to hold a crossbow to his mouth without ever pulling the trigger, as well as holding his breath to see how long he could last. I'm going to have to go out and do something special to beat him. I'd like to be number one for Christmas. I've got a feeling you're going to see a big performance.
Both fighters are working under promoter Frank Warren, who revealed that the bout will go ahead later this year.
"I mentioned Alejandro Gonzalez and got put on my backside twice in the first round".
Josh Warrington's surprise victory over Lee Selby back in May meant that the expected showdown the Welshman vanished, while WBO champ, Oscar Valdez is sidelined until November with a broken jaw sustained against Scott Quigg.
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Frampton, 31, is keen on the chance to become a three-time world champion after losing the WBA world featherweight title - along with his unbeaten record - on points to Mexican Leo Santa Cruz in January 2017.
Manchester Arena is the favoured venue for what would represent both men's next step.
With a slice of the pay-per-view income on top of his purse, Frampton could well be set for a £2m (€2.2m) windfall against Warrington as the fight will generate huge interest.
"That fight is the easiest to make".
"It's very, very exciting". The atmosphere's going to be electric, it's going to be one of the best atmospheres ever. He is not fazed and just wants the best.
A performance like last time out against Donaire will certainly help the fans find their voice and what a display that was as Frampton looked back to his brilliant best.
"It probably has the ingredients (to be an exciting fight)". Scott Quigg's tactics when he fought me (at the Manchester Arena) were odd, to say the least, and I won not having to do a lot at all.
"It'd have to be - it couldn't get any worse". He will be the favourite against Warrington and, should he succeed, it is little secret he plans to fight WBO champion Oscar Valdez and secure a third fight with Leo Santa Cruz, both of which would likely take place in the U.S., but he said: "This is the most active I've ever been in my career".
"I'll go to Vegas for free and fight Wilder".