Showing the true generosity in their hearts, the WBC has taken their super middleweight title off of Andre Ward, but have voted to name him "champion emeritus," which means that whenever the fighter returns, he can fight for the belt with a 60-40 purse split in his favor.
Of course, anyone Ward might fight for the belt, including possibly a rematch with Sakio Bika, would be a fight where he deserves more than 60-40, so this is all just, you know, a way to make money on this belt elsewhere in the meantime. What angels they are at the WBC.
Ward (26-0, 14 KO) last fought in September, dominating Chad Dawson in Oakland to retain his titles (Ward also holds the WBA "super" belt). Ward had shoulder surgery earlier this year, which canceled a planned January defense against Kelly Pavlik, and also sat out between December 2011 and September 2012 to heal up and rest after the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
I suppose it's fair in that these are the rules, but rules are broken all the time in boxing. "It is what it is!" There, now that we've shared that special insight, let's move on.