With a possible matchup against former world heavyweight title-holder Mike Tyson on the horizon, undefeated Fort Washington boxer Riddick Bowe is set to begin preparation for a bout against another ex-Olympic champion. Bowe's March 2 fight against Tyrell Biggs could be staged at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium, Bowe's manager Rock Newman said yesterday.

"My preference would be to hold the fight in D.C. I'm a Howard alumnus {class of 1974}," Newman said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. "I'm a quintessential Howard man and I'd love to expose my alma mater on network {ABC Sports} television."

Newman said he spoke last weekend with John Jacobs, chairman of the board of trustees at Howard and an official of the National Urban League, to discuss the possibility of using Burr Gymnasium as a site.

"Jacobs said he would set up a meeting with Dr. {Franklyn} Jenifer {Howard University president}," Newman said. "He sort of wondered out loud why I would be willing to hold the fight there, when there are larger sites available. But the gym can seat 4,000 comfortably."

D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chairman Jeffrey Gildenhorn said he was delighted with Newman's interest in Washington. Bowe (21-0, 19 knockouts) scored a resounding eighth-round knockout of ex-champion Pinklon Thomas in October at the UDC Physical Activities Center.

"I'm thrilled that Rock is sticking to his convictions of promoting boxing in Washington," Gildenhorn said. "As commissioner, I'll go the extra mile for him."

Bowe won the silver medal in the super heavyweight class in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, while Biggs (21-3) won the gold in the same weight class four years earlier in Los Angeles.

Bowe, whose last bout was a first-round knockout of Canadian Tony Morrison Dec. 14 in Kansas City, Mo., signed a two-bout deal with ABC Sports last week. The second of the two bouts will be April 20 against an opponent yet to be named.

Newman said he met for four hours with promoter Don King last weekend in Las Vegas, during which King offered Bowe a fight in mid-June against Tyson.

Tyson's next bout is March 18 against Donovan "Razor" Ruddock. Newman said King told him that Tyson, if he defeats Ruddock, would meet Bowe in June instead of immediately facing the winner of the April 19 George Foreman-Evander Holyfield title fight.

Newman said he would meet with King later this week to make a decision. The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas is "by far the leading site" for a Tyson-Bowe bout, Newman said. But the manager said there were other locations in which he was interested.

"This is a fight that would do extremely well in Yankee Stadium," said Newman said whose boxer Bowe is originally from New York.