British heavyweight champion David Price, a favourite in the Paddy Power boxing coupon has made the decision to split from long-time trainer Franny Smith after a second straight defeat left the Olympic bronze medallist left picking up the pieces of his career.
While six months ago it looked as though Price was well on his way to a world title – many even putting the popular Scouser ahead of Tyson Fury in the pecking order – back-to-back knockout defeats to Tony Thompson have left some calling for the 30-year old to retire.
But despite still not making his future plans publicly clear, it appears as though Price is looking to upset the boxing odds by continuing his career, but with some significant changes to the heavyweight contender’s set-up. And it’s not just a new trainer Price is looking for; with his contract with promoter Frank Maloney now expired, allowing the boxer to explore his options.
As far as a new trainer goes, there has been no shortage of names linked to Price since his split from Smith. Enzo Calzaghe, father and trainer of the legendary Joe Calzaghe, has admitted his interest with working with Price, insisting he still believes the heavyweight has what it takes to win a world title.
There have also been reports suggesting a move to Adam Booth’s stable, currently boasting the likes of David Haye, George Groves and Andy Lee. Booth has previously worked with Price during his amateur days and could link back up with the former Olympian in order to get his career back on track.
But while a move to the likes of Calzaghe or Booth could be an option for Price, there is the prospect of moving to America, or Canada – where the heavyweight spent time working with former world champion Lennox Lewis ahead of his second defeat to Thompson in the summer.