Crawford received the handwritten plaque from Puerto Rico's Francisco "Paco" Valcárcel, president of WBO, who was accompanied by all of the members of the organization's executive board, at an awards ceremony held shortly after a Gala Dinner for the closing of this world conclave, attended by fighters, coaches, managers, promoters and leaders of global boxing body.
News came earlier this week that Terence "Bud" Crawford has officially moved up to the welterweight division and has become mandatory WBO title challenger for Australian Jeff Horn.
Terry Flanagan vacated his WBO lightweight title to move up in weight and challenge for the junior welterweight title.
Terence is ranked one position above Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao.
The 30-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska shapes as a daunting opponent for Horn.
"I want Terence to see Australia and I want the people in Australia to see Terence", Arum told ESPN.
The target date for Crawford to challenge the Horn-Corcoran victor - Horn is a significant favorite - is March 10 on ESPN as part of Top Rank's long-term deal with the network to carry its fights.
"I think Crawford is an enormous talent", Arum said.
"I know that if he wins the welterweight title I am going to look to match him with him a number of fighters that are managed by Al Haymon, like Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and a huge fight would be one with (Errol) Spence".
Crawford, who is here to receive his award as the WBO fighter of the year, told Philboxing that he is looking forward to fight the victor of the Horn-Corcoran fight and if he was to face Horn, Crawford said, I'm ready to go out there and win the title.
Crawford made his professional debut in 2008 and is a two-division world champion. "That would be a big pay-per-view fight". By the end of August, Crawford gave the IBF belt after he was ordered to defend it against mandatory challenger Sergey Lipinets.
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