MARTIN Ward’s British championship dream ended in defeat when he was stopped in the fifth round by Lee Haskins in Bristol.
The European number one pinned Ward against the ropes and let loose with a volley of punches.
With Ward not throwing back, referee Mark Green stopped the bout 22 seconds before the end of the bout.
It was a great contest for the vacant belt while it lasted.
Haskins, roared on by a huge crowd in his home city, began well and had the better of the first two rounds.
Ward responded and using a sharp jab to good effect came back well and won the third.
The Neil Fannan-trained southpaw continued to box well in round four to quieten the crowd at the City Academy.
Ward’s jab landed again in the fifth but Haskins came back with two good rights to the head.
It looked an even round but after the 30-year-old home star forced Ward back against the ropes, referee Green stepped in to call a halt.
It was a 27th career win for Haskins from 30 bouts and only the second ever defeat for Ward.