In Southpaw, Forest Whitaker rubs a metal object on Jake Gyllenhaal's cheek to do some sort of first aid I presume. I think it could be metal chilled in iced water to reduce blood flow. Is that correct? Or, what was it really? This action also included cotton swaps (or strips) and applied pressure with perhaps an ointment like Vaseline to assist blood clotting between boxing rounds.

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The device in film is called an Eye Iron. Its purpose is to reduce swelling, and yes it is cooled on ice prior to application. The job of the guy that does this in the fighting ring is called Cutman.

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