SOUTHERN Mindanao proved once more its might in boxing after four pugs shine Friday in the 2010 Commission on Higher Education (Ched) National Games at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Mark Antonio Barriga, a University of Mindanao-Panabo sophomore, swept Mimaropa’s Lorry Castor, 19-5, to bag the lightflyweight gold.

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Lightflyweight Alfredo Deano defeated Robert Eturma (Central Visayas), 30-11; lighwelterweight Jay-Ar Inson beat up Redgie Fenis (Central Mindanao), 37-14; and welterweight Jefferson Nunez crushed Ronjie Calunsag (Central Mindanao), 28-18.

Overall, Southern Mindanao won four gold medals and a bronze out of the eight gold medals at stake.

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) also won three gold medals led by flyweight Crisanto Godaren, bantamweight David Pacray, and featherweight Glicerio Catolico III.

Lanky middleweight Jay Harold Gregorio meanwhile provided for National Capital Region’s (NCR) lone gold.

The games, which started last Monday, are sponsored by the PSC, Smart, Pagcor, San Miguel Corp., AMA, and STI.

NCR bags supremacy

Meanwhile, Big City delegates showed in the past five days that homecourt advantage really works as the NCR pulled away in the medal race in the 2010 Ched National Games.

At the games closing Saturday night, the NCR bets netted 162 gold, 55 of which came from swimming, 42 silver, and 40 bronze medals.

The NCR also dominated chess, badminton, baseball, athletics, basketball, women’s softball and table tennis.

The Western Visayas region was a distant second (40-66-54), Central Visayas placed third (33-42-34), and Calabarzon settled fourth (25-37-46).

Western Visayas topped the men’s karatedo with six golds while Central Visayas dominated the distaff side with an impressive 10 golds.

Western Visayas also won dancesports and men's football while Central Visayas and Southern Mindanao split the men’s and women’s beach volleyball titles. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)