David Price announces decision to part ways with trainer Franny Smith

David Price of England poses with the belts following his British & Commonwealth Heavyweight title fight against Matt Skelton of England at Aintree Racecourse on November 30, 2012
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David Price announces that he has split with long-time trainer Franny Smith following back-to-back defeats.

British heavyweight David Price has announced that he and his long-time trainer Franny Smith have parted company.

The 30-year-old, who won the British, Commonwealth and English heavyweight titles with Smith, has made the decision following back-to-back defeats to American boxer Tony Thompson.

"I have made up my mind that I have to start a new chapter in my career and I am sad that I will be starting this without Franny, but for me to achieve my goal as heavyweight champion of the world, I feel that I need a change," BBC Sport quotes Price as saying.

"Franny has always been a huge part of my career and after discussion we've agreed that this is the best way forward."

Price teamed up with Smith when he turned professional in 2009.

David Price throws a punch on November 30, 2012
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