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Lennox Lewis: 'I Want My Belts!'

As a new investigation began Thursday into the controversial draw between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, the British heavyweight demanded that "everything should be looked into."

A still furious Lewis returned home to London and urged Holyfield to hand over the WBA and IBF titles.

"If Evander's a man, he should admit that he got beat and give me my belts," the WBC champion said. "But he's not that kind of character.

"You could say that Evander Holyfield is holding my belts right now for me. They're actually my belts, but he's holding them."

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has convened a grand jury to issue subpoenas and gather testimony about Saturday's unification bout at Madison Square Garden -- one of three investigations into the fight.

A New York state Senate hearing into the fight opened Thursday to focus on the judging and the relationships between the sanctioning bodies and the boxing industry.

The New York state Athletic Commission also is investigating.

One judge -- South Africa's Stan Christodoulou -- scored the fight 116-113 for Lewis; Eugenia Williams of Atlantic City, N.J., scored it 115-113 for Holyfield; and Britain's Larry O'Connell scored it 115-115. Most who watched the fight thought Lewis had clearly won.

With Williams' judgment in question, court officials confirmed Thursday she filed for protection from creditors under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Jan. 25.

Asked about it, she told the New York Post, without elaborating: "I don't know what you're talking about. They told me not to answer any more questions."

Williams has judged boxing for 10 years and works as a $39,200-a-year accounts clerk for the city.

IBF president Bob Lee, whose organization selected Williams, defended her work.

"I am sure they aren't going to find anything irregular at all," he said. "It is a subjective viewing of a fight and you can't tell these judges what to see or what not to see. All I tell them is, 'Do the best you can.'"

Lewis' manager Frank Maloney said he didn't believe bribes had been paid, but he questioned Williams' competence.

"I don't believe there was any illegal payment; they wouldn't have been that stupid," Maloney said. "They may not find money in her bank account, but there was definitely something wrong with her judging."

Soon after touching down at London's Heathrow Airport, Lewis maintained he had been the victim of a "conspiracy" and that the judges had been "incompetent."

"I think everything should be looked into," Lewis said. "There was definitely something going on, some kind of conspiracy we don't know about.

"In this particular fight the public got hurt as well. ... I say Don King should apologize and definitely the judges.

"Next time I'm going to definitely bring my two judges, my own twjudges," Lewis added.

Lewis, criticized for not being more aggressive -- particularly in the fifth when he had Holyfield on the ropes -- said going for the knockout would have been risky.

"In the fifth he wasn't as hurt as I thought. I wasn't satisfied I could go in there and feel safe," Lewis said. "He was definitely playing possum and he admitted it on TV.

"But if I had realized it was going to be like that, I would have went out there ... and realized my only hope was a knockout and go after it."

In Atlanta, Holyfield was quoted as saying he understood the judges' decision perfectly.

"The judges said it was a draw. Realistically, he didn't knock me out, and I didn't knock him out. It's all based on a decision," Holyfield told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Holyfield said Lewis didn't do as well as some people said.

"Even with the punch stats, people say, 'Well, this man hit you 600 times.' But if he hit me that much, why didn't I fall? How come I was never staggered or hurt? Obviously because a lot of times he was tapping me," he said in an interview published Thursday.

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