Born in Pelzer, S.C. in 1921, Woodcock began boxing at age 14 and won several amateur tournaments in the Upstate of South Carolina and Charlotte area. He joined the U.S. Army in 1939, and after being transferred to Panama, held the Panamanian lightweight amateur championship title in 1941 and 1942. Woodcock also captured the all-service championship in 1942. After turning professional in 1943, Woodcock fought the very best in his weight class on the way to becoming the number-one ranked featherweight. Woodcock retired from the ring in 1952 after compiling an overall record of 129 wins against only 12 losses, including an impressive 43 and five record as an amateur.
In retirement, Woodcock coached young boxers at The Citadel and refereed AAU bouts. He has been involved in boxing as a fighter, referee, coach, and official for 64 years and continues to judge professional bouts in Charleston.
Woodcock and his wife, Kit, reside in Summerville, S.C. where he is active in his church and community.