FORMER St Josephs stablemates Lance Cooksey and Sean McGoldrick can further enhance their claims for a title shot if they come through six-rounders in Cardiff tonight unscathed.

The two, who trained together in Newport before McGoldrick left the gym, defend unbeaten records on the MTK Global show at the Vale Sports Arena.

Cooksey, still trained by Tony Borg at St Joes, has won all nine of his professional fights to date, and he will move into double figures with victory over Stockport journeyman Jamie Quinn.

Now campaigning at super-featherweight, Cooksey is eyeing a Welsh title challenge later this year, with Angelo Dragone or Kristian Touze his likely opponent if he gets his wish.

In Quinn, Cooksey faces a boxer with an unenviable record of 83 losses in 90 bouts.

“He is a journeyman,” said Cooksey. “But he’s very durable and has only been stopped twice. He is a tough opponent and someone I don’t want to be going toe-to-toe with.

“It’s about using my skills and not overlooking him, despite his record.”

He continued: “I imagine I will be fighting for the Welsh title after this one, especially now that I have gone down a weight.

"Doing that has put me in a better position and I’m confident I should be going for a title in my next fight.

“Angelo and Kristian are fighting in Merthyr at the end of June, so I’ll get mine done, come away with a good win, and then we’ll probably start calling each other out.”

As for McGoldrick, 27, he is aiming for a ninth straight success tonight.

It’s Nicaraguan Moises Mojica (9-5-2) for him in the Welsh capital, a little more than two months since his previous outing, a points victory over Sean Cairns.

That was McGoldrick’s first fight under new trainer Jamie Moore, who has welcomed Carl Frampton and Martin Murray back to his Wigan gym in recent weeks.

Bantamweight McGoldrick said: “I’m developing and learning all the time. It’s brilliant to train with the people that I do in the gym, and it gives you the extra buzz when you see how they train.

“Carl Frampton has come back into camp recently and when you watch him hit the pads, you’d think he hasn’t been out the gym.

“It’s great having Martin Murray back in the gym too as he’s full of knowledge and a great person to be around.

“Obviously I’ve still got a long way to go yet, but I’m on the right path. I always look forward to every session and I’m excited to put my skills on display in Cardiff.”