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Stephen Mulhern has revealed he is still left with bruises after Ricky Hatton punched him on Dancing On Ice earlier this month.

The boxer, 45, gave the TV presenter, 46, a playful hit during a skit but Stephen admitted that, although the punch was in good fun, it still hurt quite bad.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I said to Ricky, do us a favour…Holly will say to you ‘just punch him Ricky’, which she said off the cuff initially and I said ‘we should do that live’.

‘Obviously I forgot he’s a three time world champion boxer.’

Stephen added: ‘He nearly knocked me out. If I showed you the bruise, it is massive. It’s on the arm, it’s very painful.’ 

Dancing On Ice’s Stephen Mulhern reveals he is STILL suffering with painful injury after Ricky Hatton punched him to the ground

Stephen Mulhern has revealed he is still left with bruises after Ricky Hatton punched him on Dancing On Ice earlier this month

The boxer, 45, gave the TV presenter, 46, a playful hit during a skit but Stephen admitted that, although the punch was in good fun, it still hurt quite bad

The boxer, 45, gave the TV presenter, 46, a playful hit during a skit but Stephen admitted that, although the punch was in good fun, it still hurt quite bad

During the segment, Ricky was enlisted in holding a microphone, only to be made the butt of the joke as Stephen pulled faces for the camera.

‘Please just hit him’ Holly quipped, and the boxer did just that sending the TV personality flying off his feet.

Shocked by the sheer force, Holly gasped throwing her hands to her mouth as Ricky checked on Stephen who was laying on the floor off camera.

The following week, Stephen made sure he was prepared as he returned to stand alongside Ricky in the studio, wearing a protective, padded costume.

He was seen wearing a black and white shield over his chest, along with a blue helmet and a pair of matching boxing gloves.

The broadcaster completed his look by wearing a pair of tight blue satin pants over his suit trousers.

Ricky was the first contestant to be booted out of the ITV ice dance competition after facing the dreaded skate off with comedian Lou Saunders

Stephen joined Dancing On Ice this year as a replacment for Phillip Schofield who left ITV following an affair with a younger colleague.

The following week, Stephen made sure he was prepared as he returned to stand alongside Ricky in the studio, wearing a protective, padded costume

The following week, Stephen made sure he was prepared as he returned to stand alongside Ricky in the studio, wearing a protective, padded costume

Ricky was the first contestant to be booted out of the ITV ice dance competition after facing the dreaded skate off with comedian Lou Saunders

Ricky was the first contestant to be booted out of the ITV ice dance competition after facing the dreaded skate off with comedian Lou Saunders 

Stephen told how working with old pal Holly Willoughby is an added bonus as they both trust each other.

Holly recently shared a poignant post about ‘blossoming in dark times’ after making her TV comeback the ITV show.

She had been absent from screens for more than two months before returning to co-host the ITV skating competition alongside Stephen.

After her TV comeback, Holly’s lifestyle brand Wylde Moon shared an Instagram post about ‘resilience, strength’ and ‘blossoming in dark times’.

Posting a picture of a moonflower on their Stories, the caption read: ‘The moonflower has become a symbol of blossoming in dark times.

‘These fragrant, white flowers have evolved over millions of years to open only at night and their ethereal, nocturnal beauty is a powerful symbol of how resilience, strength and growth can flourish during the darkest and most challenging moments.’ 

Holly had been absent from screens for nearly three months, ever since she left This Morning in October after 14 years on the sofa.

She quit the show after an alleged plot to kidnap and murder her emerged, which followed Phillip leaving ITV after his affair.

As she returned to TV last week, an expert told The Sun she appeared ‘more grown up’ and could ‘relaunch her career’ with a move to her own solo show in the future.

DANCING ON ICE: MEET THE 2024 CONTESTANTS

RICKY HATTON

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: Former pro boxer

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink’

HANNAH SPEARRITT

AGE: 42

PROFESSION: SINGER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m really excited about learning a new skill. It’s so easy to live your comfortable life and that aspect of mixing things up is very appealing’

GREG RUTHERFORD 

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Athlete 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I like a challenge and I needed a reason to go out and do stuff again and here we are. I want to perform something that’s never been done before, that’s my aim.’

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards

AGE: 59

PROFESSION: OLYMPIC SKI JUMPER

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Dancing on Ice is a show I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a challenge I think I’m going to relish!’

RICKY NORWOOD

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: EastEnders star 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘It’s come at such a great time in life. I can’t skate at all! No rehearsals as yet, I’ve just had some physiotherapy to strengthen the body.’

RYAN THOMAS

AGE: 39

PROFESSION: Corrie star

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Everyone keeps asking me, “are you doing it?” I’ve told everyone!’ 

CLAIRE SWEENEY

AGE: 52

PROFESSION: ACTRESS

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I am stepping into the unknown here. I don’t know how I will feel. But I am very excited.’

AMBER DAVIES

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: WEST END STAR

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I would definitely say that I’m an adrenaline junkie but I do get more nervous as I get older and I hope that I can contain them’

MILES NAZAIRE

 AGE: 27

PROFESSION: REALITY STAR 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I’ve always loved to dance but it’s usually on a dance floor on a Saturday night and Dancing on Ice looks so difficult.’

 LOU SANDERS

AGE: 37

PROFESSION: COMEDIAN

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m nervous about cracking my head open, or just bashing the old head. I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells.’

ADELE ROBERTS 

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: RADIO PRESENTER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘It’s ”bricking it on ice” for me! I think the hardest part is putting myself out there as I usually hide away’

 ROXY SHAHIDI

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: Emmerdale star 

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I can’t ice-skate. I haven’t really said anything to anyone but mainly because I’m so nervous about it!’

 



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