Fredericton boxer Brandon Brewer says he always knew he had the potential to become a champion. (Courtesy of Tanya Everett)

A Fredericton man, who only started boxing four years ago, is currently ranked the top middleweight in the country by the Canadian Pro Boxing Council and number two by the National Boxing Authority.

Now, Brandon "The Lumberjack" Brewer has set his sights on the world title within the next three to four years.

Brewer, who studied mechanical engineering, drifted from job to job and had a brief stint in the military, says it was an ultimate fighter series on TV that helped him realize he should become a boxer.

"I said to myself, 'I can do that,'" he said. So he went to the Fredericton Boxing Club and it "took off from there."

Brewer says he always knew he had the potential to become a champion.

"To be honest, I knew right from the get-go," he said with a laugh. "It seems kind of confident to say that, but I knew my skills."

"The thing is, you have to understand too, there has to be work to be done. I understand that if I want success, hard work has to meet opportunity."

"I never stop working at it," said Brewer, who turned pro two years ago and trains two to three times a day.

"It is rigorous, but I enjoy it," he said. "I enjoy the competitive nature, that physical challenge of man against man."

But boxing is also a thinking game, said Brewer, likening it to a chess match.

"You have to out think your opponent," he said. "You can put the anger in your gloves, but don't put it in your head. You can hit 'em hard, but you can't think with anger. It gives you blurred vision almost. It disrupts your focus."

Last year, Brewer won the People's Choice fight of the year and Atlantic Canada Fighter of the Year.

Brewer has fights coming up on May 11 in Shediac, June 15 in Moncton and July 21 in Shediac.