Born in Florence, S.C. in 1930, Calcutt was small in stature but big in heart. A classic stylist, Calcutt had good punching power and began boxing under the tutelage of Coach Tresco Johnson at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was a consistent winner on the amateur circuit. At age 16, Calcutt won the Open Flyweight Championship at the Carolinas Golden Gloves in Charlotte. He joined the U.S. Air Force and while serving in Alaska, won the Armed Forces Flyweight Championship. After turning professional, Calcutt boxed out of the same stable as Willie Pep in Miami and was trained by Angelo Dundee. Calcutt compiled a pro record of 28-6 and an overall record of 67-11.
A scratch golfer and a renowned shag dancer, Calcutt lost his life to an automobile accident in 1970