After a bye into the second round, lightweight McKeown was drawn against Turkey’s Yasin Yilmaz who knocked out Esen Rakhmatov of Kyrgyzstan in the first.
While the Turkish southpaw came out on top 14-10, McKeown more than held his own in the biggest tournament of his young career and was just a point down after the first round.
And he believes the experience garnered from his foray into world-class opposition in Armenia will stand him in good stead in the future.
“It was a really good fight and I was happy with my performance – I stood up to him and he was genuinely world class,” said McKeown.
“It was a brilliant tournament with a fantastic atmosphere and was without a doubt the biggest tournament I have ever had to fight in.
“I feel like I have come out of that fight a better boxer, believe it or not, and I want to keep fighting the bigger names.
“When I came up against the lad everyone thought he was a special boxer but I showed he perhaps wasn’t as good as people thought.
“I’ve gained a lot of experience from this, definitely, and it will make me better.”
McKeown’s long-term goal is to earn a spot on the Scottish boxing team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
And with the Scottish Championships, which begin in February and end in March on the horizon, McKeown wants to ruffle some feathers on debut.
“I’m really looking forward to them [the Scottish Championships] especially it being my first time at senior level,” he added.
“My weight category is a really busy one so it should be a great tournament to be involved with and I hope I fight my best.
“My long term goal is obviously to make it to Glasgow so hopefully I can do well in this competition.”