Joshua and Ruiz Jr didn’t blink during their face-off (Picture: Getty)

Andy Ruiz Jr responded to a heckler during a tense face-off with Anthony Joshua ahead of their rematch on Saturday night.

The two heavyweights meet again in Saudi Arabia, six months on from Ruiz Jr’s stunning upset victory over Joshua at Madison Square Garden.

Joshua and Ruiz Jr came face-to-face at the final press conference on Wednesday, each predicting a historic win for themselves.

The traditional staredown after the press conference saw Joshua take a step towards Ruiz Jr, who was holding his WBO, IBF and WBA (Super) world titles.

A fan of AJ’s starting to heckle Ruiz Jr, shouting ‘two-time’, in reference to Joshua become a two-time heavyweight world champion.

Ruiz Jr said ‘And still’ in response to the taunts, as the tense face-off lasted just under a minute.

Joshua attended the press conference as the challenger for the first time since his 16th professional fight and admitted it was an unfamiliar feeling to not be the defending champion.

‘It’s interesting to be on this side of the table. In my 16th fight I challenged, then I challenged Klitschko and Parker, and now for the fourth time,’ Joshua said.

‘You always need a challenger’s mind-set. I said that with the belts around my waist.

‘Hungry, determined, focused on the goal.

Joshua is again a big favourite against Ruiz Jr (Picture: Getty)

‘The focus was always there but I have had a change to reflect. Olympics, British title, world title, boom boom boom.

‘I fought Majidov, Whyte, Molina, Povetkin and sparred with Little and Wach. I’ve been around the block.

‘I didn’t lose heart or fire in my belly. There is no fear in my heart, my eyes or my mind.

‘Will it be a special moment? No because I know I belong there. When I regain the belts I will keep cool, and keep a challenger’s mind-set and move onto the next target.’

Joshua is the favourite again in the clash with Ruiz Jr, but the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have backed the Mexican to stop AJ again.

Ruiz Jr’s power and speed was a key factor in the first fight and the unified champion expects his rival to come into the rematch with a completely different strategy.

Joshua and Ruiz Jr fight again this Saturday (Picture: PA)

‘AJ will come with a different game plan and I know he is prepared, so I will be more cautious,’ he said.

‘He lost weight and will try to box me around. I don’t want to let these beautiful belts go.

‘Now that I finally made my dreams come true, there is no way I will let them go.’

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