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Why I can't remember that never to be forgotten night in New York when I took down Leo Santa Cruz

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Champion: Carl Frampton sees off Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title at the Barclays Centre in New York

Champion: Carl Frampton sees off Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title at the Barclays Centre in New York

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Champion: Carl Frampton sees off Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title at the Barclays Centre in New York

Four years ago, I enjoyed the most exhilarating moment of my career so far - and yet I can hardly remember anything about the first fight with Leo Santa Cruz!

To become the first fighter from Northern Ireland to win world titles at two different weights was very special. After unifying the super-bantamweight belts earlier in 2016 with my win over Scott Quigg, I then took Leo's WBA featherweight championship in New York's Barclays Centre.

It's just the case with me that I don't remember a great deal about most of my fights. The day after, I went to Annie Moore's bar to celebrate with my fans and despite telling myself to take it easy, as soon as I walked in I was handed a pint and put on someone's shoulders. I downed the pint and there's not a lot more I recall after that as I got hammered and was apparently put to bed early.