icon Updated at 12:02 AM EDT, Thu May 4, 2017

WBO: If Canelo Wants, He'll Be Mandatory To Saunders-Khurtsidze

By Miguel Rivera

Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has been given a literal red carpet by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

If he wins Saturday's fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the WBO has given him the right to decide if he wants to head back to junior middleweight to defend his WBO world title or get a direct shot at the organization's current champion in the middleweight division.

The contest with Chavez Jr. takes place at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds.

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This information was confirmed by the President of WBO, Puerto Rico's Francisco 'Paco' Valcárcel, who based his decision on the privilege granted by his organization to boxers who have been named as "super champion."

In the last two days, BoxingScene.com has published several articles where Canelo explained his anger at the WBC. The Mexican star had a falling out with the sanctioning body last year after vacating their middleweight belt.

The World Boxing Council created a special "Huichol belt" for the Canelo-Chavez winner - and Canelo firmly rejected that strap.

After Canelo's relationship with the WBC deteriorated, he grew very close with the WBO.

The current WBO 160-pound champion is Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12KO's), who will defend his crown against New York-based Georgian slugger Avtandil Khurtsidze (33-2-2,22KO's) on the 8th of July in London.

"Canelo is a super champion to us and he's the mandatory challenger to any of the titles he wants to look for. He has that privilege. The doors are open for him," explained 'Paco' Valcárcel to Carlos Narvaez.

"Saunders will fight with Khurtsidze in July and if Canelo wants to go for that title - we will order the fight against the defending champion and he would be the mandatory challenger."

If Canelo drops the WBO belt at 154, it could very well be up for grabs when the number one ranked contender - four division champion Miguel Angel Cotto - returns on June 24 against Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai, who is ranked at fifth by the organization.