Born in Moncks Corner, S.C. in 1935, Willis Caddell began boxing at an early age, compiling an overall record of 131-9 with 50 knockouts. Caddell himself was never knocked out.
Due to a series of family events, Caddell was on his own at age 14. Because he was forced to live without the protection of a family, Caddell decided he needed to learn how to protect himself and began working out at the YMCA. Charleston was a boxing hotbed in those days, and he began participating in playground bouts and tournaments.
Caddell won his first 17 matches, mostly by utilizing speed and a devastating left hook. He boxed as an amateur while serving in the U.S. Army and later as a professional. After retiring from the ring, he started a boxing program at his church and later served as a boxing promoter in Charleston. Caddell owns a printing company and continues to work. He and his wife, Pat, have three children and three grandchildren.