Tim Stout is a simple, hardworking, country boy that enjoys the excitement of being in a fight. Stout drives an undistinguished pickup truck, lives in an average house, and has a beautiful six year old pitbull. Stout owns a business and is getting married soon, presently he is completely satisfied with his life. He isn't a world champion, he doesn't wear a metal chain around his neck, he isn't a super athlete, and he doesn’t want to become the best fighter in the world. His motivation for fighting is putting himself in harms way to feel the euphoric rush of punching someone and getting hit back. The applause and cheers from the crowd, to be in the spotlight. This fascinates me. Tim Stout puts himself in harms way because he is addicted to that rush. He has gone from fighting in barns to fighting on a major television network with millions of people watching. Stout is prepared for his ultimate high. What is capable of a man who isn't afraid to lose?
When I asked Stout what was it like growing up in
Subsequently Stout became bored with Karate because of the limited physical contact. Stout moved out of his home town and into the city. There he started training to become a Boxer. Living in the city Stout got a job working with troubled youths. Stout admittedly declared, "working with troubled youths was the most rewarding job I ever had." he continued, "I got to help kids that desperately needed your help. You had kids that everyone those kids knew had given up on them. To give these kids a little glimmer of hope, (pauses) you truly feel like you have impacted that person’s life in a positive way. After 8 years his love of Boxing faded, Stout said "I didn't want to compete in Boxing; I wanted to be the best fighter not the best puncher."
The last three years Stout has been living in
"I never wanted a manager, because they seemed like a waste of time. I thought since they didn't get punched in the face they were no good. Jeff (from Sponsored Fan) really changed the way I thought about managers. He has gotten me more fights and sponsors than I would have by myself. I could call Jeff right now and ask him for gas money and he would hand it over to me no questions asked, because he is that kind of guy. Managers don't do that. And this sponsorship money from Hitman Fight Gear, Full Tilt Poker, and Fighter Warehouse feels really good."
If you look at Stout's 12-7 record and laugh or scoff at it, please do realize these people are the backbone of our sport. Journeymen exist to challenge prospects, be exciting draws in the local community, and to fight whenever available no matter what the risk. If a prospect beats a regional journeyman, the prospect is able to escape the local scene and move on. Should Jason Miller go from fighting for the title to fighting little known Tim Stout? No of course not, but it presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Stout.