Ace wrester Bajrang Punia (25) became first Indian to be invited by USA Wrestling to participate in "Grapple at the Garden - Beat the Streets" fight night to be held on 6 May 2019 at iconic Madison Square Garden in New York, US. In this iconic fight, Punia will take on two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis in 65 kg category.
Grapple at the Garden Beat the Streets fight night event is a major showcase for international wrestling since 2010. It is hosted by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport in the US.
Currently he holds world number 1 title in 65-kg weight category freestyle wrestling. He has won eight gold medals from his nine international tournaments including 2018’s Commonwealth and Asian Games. He also had won gold medal at recently concluded Asian Wrestling Championships, in 65kg men’s freestyle category (It was India’s only gold medal in this event),