Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield wants the federal government to investigate professional boxing. The establishment of a national boxing commissioner to govern the sport is being considered by New York congressmen Thomas J. Downey, Jose E. Serrano and Edolphus Towns and Alexandria's congressman-elect Jim Moran. At a news conference Holyfield and the four congressmen said they support congressional hearings on legislation aimed at regulating the sport.

"The WBC wants to strip me of my title," Holyfield said. "But what I won in the ring, I should lose in the ring. This issue is bigger than me. . . . I am really fighting for all the young boxers around the country trying to make their way to the top."

The World Boxing Council has ruled Holyfield, who won the undisputed title from James "Buster" Douglas, should be stripped of championship recognition for not making his first defense against former champion Mike Tyson, now the top-ranked challenger. The issue is in litigation and apparently headed for arbitration.

Holyfield will make a defense April 19 against George Foreman in a match that has received title sanction from the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association. . . .

Tyson might have caught Holyfield off guard with a right hand -- used to sign for a 12-round fight against Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, a power-puncher ranked No. 2 by all three governing bodies, on March 18 in Las Vegas as a pay-per-view.