2012-09-08 Vitali Klitschko w rsc 4 Manuel Charr, Olympic Sports Complex, Moscow, Russia - WBC.
Inactive for 15 months, Klitschko relinquished the WBC title on 16 December 2013 in order to concentrate on his political career in Ukraine and the coming elections in 2015. Following the announcement the WBC appointed him 'champion emeritus'.
At the end of December the WBC ordered a match between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola to decide the vacant title. This followed a contest for the WBC 'silver' title on 27 April at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, in which Stiverne had received a unanimous 12-round points win. The WBC went on to say that if the pair had failed to agree a match by 17 January 2014 the fight would go to purse bids.