Joe Ward is the new AIBA World light middleweight junior champion following a stunning third round stoppage of home favourite Hayk Khachatryan of Armenia at the Sports Complex in Yerevan, Armenia today.

Ward, who boxes out of the Moate club in Westmeath where he is coached by Seamus Dorrington, was 16-1 up when the fight was stopped with just six seconds remaining to the final bell.

The reigning Irish champion took the first round 2-0, was 4-0 up at the end of the second, and then added 12 points to his total in the third and final round before Khachatryan was taken into protective custody by the referee 1:54 into the frame after taking his second standing count.

Irish coach Jim Moore, who was working Ward's corner along with Tony Davitt today, described the Westmeath's teenager’s performance as outstanding.

He said: ‘If it was up to me Joe would get the boxer of the tournament award as he's been absolutely brilliant out here all week. He was very patient in the first and second rounds today but when he moved up through the gears in the third he just ran away with it, he was outstanding.’

Today's win ensures that the IABA now have three reigning World champions in their ranks; Ward, Women's World lightweight champ Katie Taylor, and World Youth lightweight champion Ray Moylette.

Today's triumph was Ward's third inside the distance victory in Yerevan this week.

In his four bouts he scored 40 points and conceded just six.