The tattered poster from which Carmen Basilio, once the welterweight and middleweight champion of the world, regards passers-by with his sour gaze, is on the wall of an empty tenement on New York's West Side. There a stratification of ruined fight posters provides, like an archeological digging, evidence of old battles and past glories, of the evanescence of fame and the work of time and weather.

Middleweight Wilfie Greaves makes the wise, cocky face he would like to show in the ring

Louisville Fighter Rudell Stitch looks soulfully out of a dark, ragged corner of history

Obliterated by Cisco Andrade and the wayward eye of Gaspar Ortega, Tony Anthony glowers